With an aim to secure Scheduled Caste and Dalit votes in the forthcoming Assembly polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has on Tuesday called for a meeting of all members of parliament representing the community.
Sources stated that BJP chief JP Nadda and national general secretary organization B L Santhosh will address the meet and decide on the party’s strategy for the upcoming Assembly elections.
Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh, which are scheduled to go to polls by next year, have a substantial population from the Dalit community.
About 50 SC MPs of the BJP from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have been invited for the meeting, sources added.
The BJP chief is likely to list the number of welfare measures and policies being implemented by the Narendra Modi government for the benefit of the underprivileged communities like Dalits.
There are 84 constituencies reserved for the SC community in Lok Sabha, with similar reservation in respective Assemblies too.
News18 had earlier reported how Nadda is visiting his home state Himachal Pradesh regularly. “Nadda has been ensuring that he visits the state frequently and the visits that were scattered over the weeks increase as the elections approach,” said a senior party leader.
While being the party president, Nadda has been addressing BJP gatherings and public meetings in Telangana, Kerala, and Gujarat, he has held big rallies in Himachal Pradesh in a span of a month.
The party chief stayed in the state for three days in early April where he addressed a political meeting.
He has kick-started booth members’ campaigns and visited temples in the state on every trip. He also addressed another rally on April 22 in Kangra.
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Gujarat in-charge and senior leader Bhupendra Yadav and Chief Minister Bhupender Patel are strategising with the state leadership in Ahmedabad as part of the two-day meet in Ahmedabad from Sunday, sources said.