BJP’s out­reach to OBCs, Dal­its

Forms booth cam­paign strat­egy in U.P. to off­set losses from an SP-BSP al­liance

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The BJP’s booth cam­paign strat­egy in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elec­tion will also in­volve an out­reach to the Other Back­ward Classes and the Dal­its. The strat­egy, pre­pared and cir­cu­lated among mem­bers of the party’s Ut­tar Pradesh unit, makes this clear.

The note lays down an ex­plicit re­quire­ment: “To en­rol 20 mem­bers from the SC/ST and OBC cat­e­gories (10 SC/ ST and 10 OBC) through phys­i­cal slips or missed calls.” Since the State has about 1.6 lakh polling booths, this translates into an at­tempted fresh mem­ber­ship of 16 lakh from the OBC and the same num­ber from the Dal­its.

A source said the aim was a deep­ened en­gage­ment with th­ese so­cial groups, which ac­count for over half the pop­u­la­tion of the State. It will also help the BJP off­set the loss caused by a grand al­liance be­tween the SP and the BSP. The BJP won 71 Lok Sabha seats in the State in 2014.

In­clu­sive ap­proach

“We reckon it to be nec­es­sary to reach out to all sec­tions. The idea is not to see the peo­ple of th­ese cat­e­gories as is­lands but as an in­te­gral part of so­ci­ety in a com­ple­men­tary man­ner,” BJP spokesper­son Bizay Sonkar Shas­tri told

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elec­tions was the sup­port it got from sec­tions of the non-Ya­dav OBCs. The party has also been keen on win­ning over the non-Jatav Dal­its, with the Jatavs be­ing the main­stay of BSP leader Mayawati’s sup­port base.

The party has pre­pared a form for the booth-level com­mit­tee to fill up. It men­tions the events that should be cel­e­brated — like the birth an­niver­saries of Deen Dayal Upad­hyaya and Atal Bi­hari Va­j­payee — and asks for the list of 11 prom­i­nent castes in the vicin­ity of the booth, in­clud­ing the num­ber of vot­ers from each.

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