SP to observe death anniv of Ambedkar on Dec 6

SP to observe death anniv of Ambedkar on Dec 6

Lucknow, The Samajwadi Party, after its break-up with the Bahujan Samaj Party, is preparing to make inroads into its Dalit vote base. For the first time, the Samajwadi Party has sent out circulars to all its district units to observe the death anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar on December 6 in a big way, by paying homage to the Dalit icon. All district units of the party will hold various programmes on the occasion, including seminars. Programmes will also be held in Dalit-populated areas, underlining the need for social equality and harmony. Hoardings will be put up on the occasion, having photographs of Dr Manohar Lohia, SP's ideologue, along with Dr Ambedkar. "The idea is to emphasise the fact that both leaders' ideology was in consonance and not opposed to each other," said a party leader here on Sunday. Socially, the Yadavs and the Dalits have been at daggers- drawn relation for decades.

After BSP came to power in Uttar Pradesh and political empowerment of Dalits began, the battle between OBCs and Dalits became even more pronounced. BJP, interestingly, has been taking advantage of this and has been wooing OBCs as well as Dalits since 2014. The SP-BSP alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, to an extent, diluted the discord but after BSP president Mayawati snapped links with SP after the polls, the Akhilesh Yadav-led party started making efforts to win over Dalits - or, at least, a section of the community. The move to observe Ambedkar anniversary now could spell trouble for Mayawati, who stands losing her disgruntled supporters to SP. A large number of BSP leaders have already joined SP in the recent months.


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