Congress president Rahul Gandhi will launch a nationwide ‘Save the Constitution’ campaign on April 23 at Talkatora Stadium in the national Capital to highlight attacks on the Constitution and Dalit community. The campaign, a move to reach out to Dalits, will also have prominent party leaders from the community.
As part of the event, the party will talk to the attendees in order to bring them up on the current political scenario in the country with regard to the community, so that they are empowered to speak on the current matters and are also sensitised to the issued that Dalits face.
Nitin Raut, chairman of the Congress’s Scheduled Caste Cell, said cases of violence against Dalits have increased since the BJP came to power. “The root cause is BJP’s perception of the minorities in this county. Innocent Dalits are facing problems and no one has come forward to help them. It was not the Dalits alone who hit the streets to protest against dilution of the SC/ST Act; even OBCs and other minorities stood by them,” he said.
The party will tell the workers about the schemes, programmes and initiatives that the party has done for the community over the years, so that they can hold campaigns in their regions in order to mobilise the community in their states. With over 84 Parliamentary seats where the community holds sway, the party is looking to connect to Dalit voters. The Congress won only two seats in these constituencies in the 2014 general elections.
The event will be attended by the party’s present and former ministers and lawmakers apart from Congress politicians in district councils, civic bodies, and panchayats committees. Party office-bearers from the youth wings, Mahila Morcha, and Seva Dal will also be a part of the event.