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Why the Dalit vote is crucial in MP

www.rediff.com November 27, 2018

For 25-year-old Ankit Solanki, a Dalit, a vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party would mean betraying his community, many of which have resolved not to vote for the party this time, more so after six of them were killed in police firing in the region last year.

Sitting under a tree along with some of his community members outside Gwalior city, Solanki points to the vast tract of land where homes have been demolished because those were illegal encroachments on government land.

"We have been staying in this place for so many years, how come suddenly this place became illegal," Solanki says, rubbishing government claims.

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