Rahul Gandhi, the president of Congress Party, will launch his party’s nationwide ‘Save the Constitution‘ campaign on April 23. This is to aim in bringing back the Dalit support for Congress, which was almost but lost in the last Lok Sabha election. The main issue here is highlighting alleged attacks on Constitution and dalits under the BJP-led regime.
This campaign has been an effort of reaching out to the Dalits ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The campaign is expected to be attended by Congress heavy weights like former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, party general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad, its senior leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Sushil Kumar Shinde among others.
Congress’s present and former Dalit Lawmakers, those holding offices in Zilla Parishad, Civic bodies and Panchayat Samitis, the party’s office-bearers attached to its regional units will also attend the event, aimed at sensitising the attendees on the current state of affairs with regard to the community.
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The attendees are expected in taking the forward the message by holding similar campaigns in the states in reaching out to the community members.
“The Constitution is under threat in the BJP regime. The community is being denied opportunities in spheres of education and jobs. The programme aims to highlight these issues nationwide,” a party leader said.
Congress is at all time low in terms of popularity among masses. Their endeavor to assemble the Dalit community in their favor is an attempt to woe and Dalit and minority communities, which together constitute about 40 percent of Indian electorates.
Dalits alone form about 17 percent of the country’s electorates. There are 84 parliamentary seats reserved for candidates belonging to the scheduled castes. Dalits votes are critical in the Hindi heartland and politically key states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. In the last Lok Sabha election, almost of half the seats reserved for Dalits were bagged by BJP, and the number of seats Congress could win was less than five. However, the political fortunes change, and if Congress can master the support of Dalit vote bank again, their tally in the next Lok Sabha election will be much better.