Scramble for Dalit votes in UP: BJP rolls out red carpet for sub-castes

www.indiatoday.in November 25, 2018

While the Bharatiya Janata Party is battling with Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party for Dalit votes in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh, the party is already in election mode in the all-important Uttar Pradesh with an eye on the 2019 general elections.

Its state unit is holding a series of meetings to placate angry Dalits who voted overwhelmingly for Modi in 2014 and then Yogi in 2017. Meetings with Dalit sub-castes have been planned over the next one month throughout the state beginning with Jatavs, the community from which BSP supremo Mayawati comes.

The second-rung leaders of BJP in Uttar Pradesh are preparing the ground for the mega-showdown slated for May 2019.

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