BJP's Bihar plan: Woo OBCs, Mahadalits
BJP plans to take on the formidable OBC-Muslim consolidation by JD(U)-RJD in the forthcoming Bihar assembly elections by aggressively wooing the Dalits and Mahadalits.
The saffron party has chosen chosen April 14, the birth anniversary of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar, as the occasion for a meeting of over one lakh booth-level BJP workers of the state to send across a message to Dalits who constitute around 20% of the vote-bank in Bihar. Party president Amit Shah and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, along with several Bihar unit BJP leaders, will address the gathering at the historic Gandhi Maidan.
BJP has appointed two incharges each for most of the 62,000 polling booths in Bihar and they have been invited to attend. Other office-bearers will also be present.
“More than a training session, it will be one where senior leaders will give a broad outline of the party's campaign and issues to be flagged in the elections. Of course, the usual directions about wooing voters in their allocated area and ensuring they come out to vote on polling day will also be issued,“ a BJP central office-bearer said.
Incidentally, it was at Gandhi Maidan that bombs had gone off during Narendra Modi's Lok Sabha election rally on October 27, 2013.Just in case these symbolisms the significance of the date and the venue are not lost, most speakers are likely to highlight this aspect in their speeches. Assembly elections are due in Bihar in October this year.
Other programmes to influence the Dalit voters are being chalked out, a BJP leader from Bihar said.