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