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BJP out to woo Dalits; PM directs party leaders to spend night in SC/ST villages

BJP is also set to observe the birth anniversary of Jyotiba Phule, a social reformer from a backward caste, on April 11

Amid recent and mounting criticism over the manner in which the Dalits of the country are feeling ‘marginalized’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked BJP ministers, MPs and senior leaders of the party to spend a night in villages with over fifty percent population of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SCs and STs).

The program, as was informed by Union minister Ananth Kumar, will be part of the party’s Gram Swaraj Abhiyan to be carried out between April 10 and May 5.

Under the program, the party’s leaders will hold mass contact programs in villages with 1000-plus population and ensure cent percent enrolment in the government’s “saptrishi programmes” that includes “Indradhanush”, “Jandhan” and BHIM App.

Ananth Kumar also said that about 20,844 villages have over fifty percent population of SC/STs and that the MPs should work to implement schemes.

The outreach bid comes amid a raging controversy over a recent Supreme Court order on the Schedules Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

The BJP is also set to observe the birth anniversary of Jyotiba Phule, a social reformer from a backward caste, on April 11 as ‘Samta Diwas’ (equality day).

Similarly the party MPs have been asked to organize events to mark the birth anniversary of Bhimrao Ambedkar, a Dalit icon, on April 14.

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