BJP har­mony feast to woo dal­its

■ Bid to con­nect vot­ers in 12 re­served As­sem­bly seats

The Asian Age - - Delhi Special - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Seek­ing a stronger con­nect with the vot­ers in the run- up to the Lok Sabha elec­tions, the BJP is hold­ing “Sam­rasta Bhoj” ( so­cial har­mony feast) in the 12 re­served as­sem­bly con­stituen­cies spread across six par­lia­men­tary seats in Delhi.

The SC mor­cha of the Delhi unit of the party, that had suc­cess­fully or­gan­ised the “Bhim Ma­hasangam” rally at Ramlila ground here last month, is reach­ing out to the dalit vot­ers in the 12 re­served as­sem­bly con­stituen­cies through the “Sam­rasta Bhoj”, said mor­cha pres­i­dent Mo­han­lal Gi­hara.

The re­served as­sem­bly con­stituen­cies, in­clud­ing Trilokpuri, Kondli, Seema­puri, Gokalpur, Ambed­kar Na­gar and De­oli, among oth­ers, will be cov­ered un­der the pro­gramme, seek­ing sup­port for the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls, he said.

These 12 con­stituen­cies fall un­der North East Delhi, New Delhi, East Delhi, North West Delhi, South Delhi and West Delhi Lok Sabha seats. Delhi has a to­tal of seven Lok Sabha seats. “We are hold­ing these “Sam­rasta Bhoj” pro­grammes to reach out to the Dalit vot­ers, ( to tell them) how their in­ter­ests have been served un­der the Modi govern­ment through dif­fer­ent wel­fare schemes,” Gi­hara told.

“We have lined up Union min­is­ters Thawar Chand Gehlot, Kr­ishna Raj, Harsh Vard­han and Vi­jay Goel to par­tic­i­pate in these events,” he said. A day be­fore a “Sam­rasta Bhoj” is held, the work­ers of the BJP’s SC mor­cha will dis­trib­ute fly­ers, ask­ing lo­cals to at­tend the event.

The high­light of the “Sam­rasta Bhoj” is “khichdi” cooked from left­over rice and pulses that were col­lected for the “Bheem Ma­hasangam” rally, he said. A world record was set by cook­ing 5,000 kg of “sama­rasta khichdi” us­ing rice and pulses col­lected from around three lakh dalit house­holds in Delhi. The left­over rice and pulses are now used for cook­ing “khichdi” at “Sama­rasta Bhoj”, he added.

“Cook­ing ‘ sam­rasta khichdi’ and then serv­ing it among the mem­bers of the com­mu­nity fosters unity and pro­vides them with an op­por­tu­nity to know how the Modi govern­ment is work­ing for them,” Mr Gi­hara said.

The BJP won all the seven Lok Sabha seats of Delhi in the 2014 gen­eral elec­tions. With the Aam Aadmi Party say­ing no to an al­liance with the Con­gress in the Lok Sabha elec­tions, Delhi is set to wit­ness a tri­an­gu­lar con­test in the polls sched­uled for April- May.

◗ The high­light of the ‘ Sam­rasta Bhoj’ is ‘ khichdi’ cooked from left­over rice and pulses that were col­lected for Bheem Ma­hasangam’ rally

— PTI

BJP MP Manoj Ti­wari on way to take holy dip at Sangam on the oc­ca­sion of ‘ Bas­ant Panchmi’ dur­ing the Kumbh Mela at Praya­garaj on Sun­day.

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