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MP: Rahul Gandhi to visit Mhow today to woo Dalit community

Rahul will address a public meeting and interact with Dalit leaders and activists in the evening before returning to Delhi.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:June 2, 2015, 10:54 AM IST
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MP: Rahul Gandhi to visit Mhow today to woo Dalit community
Rahul will address a public meeting and interact with Dalit leaders and activists in the evening before returning to Delhi.

Indore: Continuing his campaign of reaching out to less privileged sections, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will visit Mhow on Tuesday, the birthplace of Dr BR Ambedkar around whose work and ideology struggles of the suppressed classes are centred.

The visit is a prelude to the Congress' plans to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of the Dalit icon next year in a grand way and come closer to the community, which was once its vote bank.

According to the All India Congress Committee, Rahul is expected to reach Indore at 12 noon and garland the statue of the architect of the Indian Constitution at Mhow, around 25 kms from Indore, around 1 PM.

He will address a public meeting in the afternoon and interact with Dalit leaders and activists in the evening before returning to Delhi, an AICC statement said.

Madhya Pradesh Congress president Arun Yadav said Rahul will pay floral tributes at the Ambedkar memorial and then address a public meeting. He will speak on Ambedkar's thought at a seminar and interact with intellectuals and activists of Dalit and tribal community.

Yadav said Rahul's visit is the opening event of a series of meetings and interactions planned by the Congress during Dr Ambedkar's 125th anniversary.

Apart from mounting a high voltage campaign on farm sector crisis in different parts of the country and targetting the Narendra Modi government over the Land Bill, Rahul also taken up fishermen's problems by visiting a coastal village in Kerala recently.

Meanwhile, BJP alleged that Rahul is visiting Dr Ambedkar's birthplace to "mislead" the Dalit community.

"Congress is sending Rahul to Mhow as a part of its conspiracy as it wants to mislead the Dalits," Madhya Pradesh Minister of State for General Administration Lalsingh Arya said.

The senior BJP leader, a Dalit himself, said, "Rahul does not have the moral right to visit the birth place of Dr Ambedkar as Congress has been continuously betraying the Scheduled Caste community since Independence. He has no moral right to spend nights at the huts of the Dalits."

Accusing Congress of disrespecting Dalit icon Dr Ambedkar, Arya said, "Due to the Congress' conspiracy, Ambedkar couldn't win the Bombay Lok Sabha seat and Bhandara bypoll to Parliament."

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