Ambed­kar dares to hold Van­chit Aghadi rally at Shivaji Park

Urges CM Deven­dra Fad­navis to grant per­mis­sion for us­ing the ground on Fe­bru­ary 23

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI -

Bahu­jan Van­chit Aghadi, a po­lit­i­cal um­brella of left outs led by Dalit leader Prakash Ambed­kar an­nounced to hold a pub­lic rally at Shivaji Park in the pres­ence of All In­dia Ma­jlis-e-It­te­had-ul Mus­limeen (AIMIM) chief Asadud­din Owaisi on Fe­bru­ary 23. Ambed­kar urged chief min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis to grant per­mis­sion for us­ing the Shivaji Park ground for his rally. How­ever, the de­ci­sion is yet to come.

Shivaji Park has around 28 acre ground has a his­tor­i­cal back­ground of po­lit­i­cal ral­lies. Shiv Sena has set a bench­mark of a crowd gath­er­ing. Af­ter Sena, it was only the Ma­ha­rash­tra Navnir­man Sena (MNS) who dared to hold the huge pub­lic rally at Shivaji Park as the crowd shows the strength of the party that di­rectly im­pacts on voter turnout.

J V Pawar, gen­eral sec­re­tary of Bharip Bahu­jan Ma­hasangh — led by Prakash Ambed­kar said that the re­sponse to the ral­lies of Ambed­kar across the state has bro­ken crowd record. “We are not wor­ried whether Shivaji Park ground will be filled with people or not. We will never pay money to con­gre­gate crowd for the ral­lies like other po­lit­i­cal par­ties' prac­tice. Ours is a self-mo­ti­vated au­di­ence and vot­ers from van­chit (ig­nored) com­mu­ni­ties,” said Pawar.

“People from the Dalit, mi­cro castes from Other Back­ward Classes and Mus­lims are our au­di­ence. All ral­lies re­ceived over­whelm­ing re­sponse from the people. The only chal­lenge be­fore us is to con­vert this crowd into votes,” he added.

Ambed­kar, mean­while, told the me­dia that he will an­nounce can­di­dates of the Va­chit Bahu­jan Aghadi dur­ing the rally at Shivaji Park.

“We are wait­ing for the re­sponse from Con­gress about their stand of dis­ci­plin­ing Rashtriya Swayam­se­vak Sangh (RSS). We will wait till the nom­i­na­tion process of elec­tions will be­gin. But, will not com­pro­mise on our pro­posal,” Ambed­kar clar­i­fied.

He fur­ther said that if the Con­gress fails to give a writ­ten pro­posal on RSS is­sue, they will go ahead with their own can­di­dates and con­test LS elec­tions with the same RSS agenda. He be­lieves that RSS is an un­con­sti­tu­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion.

VBA will field can­di­dates from Mum­bai, Thane, Bhi­wandi, Raigad, Maval, Rat­na­giri and Sind­hudurg seats. “The orig­i­nal res­i­dents of Mum­bai such as Koli (fish­er­men), Aa­gri, Mali and East In­dian com­mu­nity (con­verted into catholic re­li­gion) and tribes have joined the VBA. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of these com­mu­ni­ties will be party can­di­dates in LS polls,” added Ambed­kar.

We are wait­ing for the re­sponse from Con­gress about their stand of dis­ci­plin­ing Rashtriya Swayam­se­vak Sangh. We will wait till the nom­i­na­tion process of elec­tions will be­gin. But, will not com­pro­mise on our pro­posal. — PRAKASH AMBED­KAR, Dalit Leader

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