Cong plans Dalit cam­paign to cor­ner BJP

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New Delhi: Congress is set to kick­start a na­tional se­ries of ‘Save Con­sti­tu­tion’ con­ven­tions, a cam­paign de­signed to pile pres­sure on BJP on the Dalit front amid anger in the com­mu­nity over “di­lu­tion” of SC/ST (Pre­ven­tion of Atroc­i­ties) Act.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi will open the in­au­gu­ral meet­ing in Delhi on April 23, where he is ex­pected to at­tack the rul­ing BJP for “rise in atroc­i­ties against Dal­its” and “a threat to rights like the POA Act, reser­va­tions and the Con­sti­tu­tion”. AICC (SC cell) chair­man Nitin Raut told TOI that ‘Save Con­sti­tu­tion’ con­ven­tions wo- uld travel from Delhi to MP, Ch­hat­tis­garh, Ra­jasthan, UP and Ma­ha­rash­tra, be­sides other states.

The choice of BJP-ruled states shows that Congress is look­ing to cor­ner the ri­val among the Dalit com­mu­nity in the wake of a se­ries of con­tro­ver­sies, the most re­cent be­ing the Supreme Court or­der putting checks on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the POA Act.

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