AAP to con­nect with Dalit vot­ers in over 6,000 ‘bastis’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - [email protected] times­group.com

New Delhi: With state elec­tions just a few months away, the Aam Aadmi Party has planned a mas­sive ex­er­cise to con­nect with peo­ple liv­ing in over 6,000 Dalit bastis in the city.

Se­nior party leader Ra­jen­dra Pal Gau­tam said over 50 teams have been de­ployed by the party to visit these colonies and in­ter­act with the res­i­dents on the achieve­ments of the gov­ern­ment, un­der­stand their is­sues and take sug­ges­tions on ar­eas where the ad­min­is­tra­tion needs to fo­cus more to help the marginalis­ed sec­tions.

“Our teams have es­tab­lished con­tacts with prom­i­nent peo­ple of Dalit bastis across the cap­i­tal. These peo­ple are in­formed in ad­vanced when our teams visit their ar­eas so that our party mem­bers can in­ter­act with a fairly large group of lo­cal res­i­dents. We will share the achieve­ments of the gov­ern­ment, how the life of or­di­nary peo­ple has im­proved and our vi­sion for the next five years,” Gau­tam said.

With over 25 lakh pop­u­la­tion, Dal­its are a key vote bank. Of the 70 assem­bly seg­ments in the city, 12 are re­served for Sched­uled Castes while there are about 10 con­stituen­cies, where the pop­u­la­tion of SC vot­ers is fairly high. In the 2015 elec­tions, AAP won all the 12 seats. How­ever, prior to the his­toric man­date of 2015, when AAP won 67 of the 70 seats, Congress gen­er­ally won 8-9 re­served seats while BJP used to win 3-4 SC seats.

Delhi BJP chief Manoj Ti­wari had said that his party was spe­cially fo­cussing on SC seats and he had even stayed in a few of these colonies overnight, in­ter­act­ing with res­i­dents.

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