Paswan vs Mevani: BJP casts look on Dalit vote


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With pre-ballotsurveys suggesting a dip in its recognition, the Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP) on Saturday fielded Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan in Gujarat to talk to Dalit voters in a uncover to counter the recognition of Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani, who is campaigning for the Congress.

Valid nine months within the past, the birthday celebration had now not incorporated Mr. Paswan, who heads the Lok Jan Shakti Celebration (LJP), in its campaign personnel for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

Mr. Paswan had then stated that he had just gone by a coronary heart surgery and changed into once now not bodily fit to undertake a gruelling campaign.

Insiders, alternatively, express the LJP chief made up our minds to terminate build within the national capital and now not campaign in Uttar Pradesh after the BJP did not allot any seat to his birthday celebration and furthermore dissuaded him from going it on my own within the elections.

Drafted into the BJP’s excessive-voltage campaign in Gujarat, Mr. Paswan addressed a public assembly within the Dinilimda Assembly constituency on Saturday.

Dinilimda, neighbouring Ahmedabad, is a reserved constituency, which the Congress had obtained by a margin of more than 14,000 votes within the 2012 Assembly elections.

The Dalit leaders lined up by the BJP for campaign encompass Union Minister for Social Welfare Thavarchand Gehlot, Union Minister of Deliver for Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal and Lok Sabha member Vinod Sonkar.

In July final yr in Una, Four Dalit males skinning a ineffective cow were overwhelmed by gau rakshaks (cow vigilantes). The outrage following the incident ended in a Dalit uprising within the Deliver led in dapper segment by Mr. Mevani, a journalist-activist.

Essentially the most up-to-the-minute pre-election learn about by the Lokniti-Centre for Look of Growing Societies says 37% of the Dalit population in Gujarat are favourably inclined in opposition to Mr. Mevani. Dalits constitute 7% of the voters. Since, the Una incident there has been simmering exasperate within the Dalit community in opposition to BJP. Talking to The Hindu on the incident, Mr. Paswan stated, “Top Minister Narendra Modi has stated the accused within the Una incident were ruffians and they also’ve been dealt with strongly. For the first time a sure court docket changed into once constituted. Four police officers were suspended.”

He stated Mr. Mevani has no affect in any admire on the voters.

Roy for campaign

Historical Trinamool Congress chief Mukul Roy, who joined the birthday celebration final week, will furthermore join the BJP’s campaign on Sunday.

BJP functionaries stated Mr. Roy, who changed into once Railway Minister within the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance authorities, had been fielded to focus on the “indecisiveness” and “corruption” of the outdated Congress regime at the Centre.

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