UP polls: BJP has asked 21 of its Scheduled Caste MPs from the state to visit five constituencies each.
BJP is getting worried about the impact that the recent Dalit violence incidents in Gujarat will have on the party’s prospects in the upcoming UP elections. And to check any potential damage, the party has prepared a counter strategy to make sure that their Dalit support base in Uttar Pradesh is not impacted. According to an Indian Express report, BJP has asked 21 of its Scheduled Caste MPs from the state to visit five constituencies each. The idea is for the MPs to hold interactions with Dalits in these constituencies. The report suggests that this exercise may begin as early as September 1. On Tuesday night, RSS organised a meeting in the Gujarat Bhavan and MPs assembled there also discussed the focus on wooing Dalits. It is also believed that MPs have expressed discontent with the party leadership’s reluctance to rope in Dalit leaders to douse the political fire created over the Una incident.
Last month some Dalits were thrashed by a group of people for allegedly killing a cow. The incident sparked huge protests in Gujarat. On his part PM Narendra Modi has also spoken against the so called ‘gau rakshaks’ (cow vigilante groups). Modi has said that ‘fake cow protectors’ are ‘dividing the nation’ and that they must be punished. He also urged the state governments to take action against these elements. PM Modi has also said, “If you want to attack, attack me and not Dalits. If you want to shoot, shoot me and not Dalits.” Modi said there was need to protect the nation from “anti-social” elements. Modi said that Indians talk about ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam’, hence if Dalits are not accepted as fellow people the world will be unforgiving.