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Bhim Army making inroads to oust BJP, RSS in the coming polls

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

The Bhim Army, which hit headlines after the riots of 2017, is making quiet inroads in to oust the BJP and the RSS in the next elections.

Though the claims it is a group working towards social emancipation and not a political party, it has made it clear that it will appeal in favour of those who are in a position to trounce the BJP and the RSS in the next

"We are not a political party but followers of Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar who are working for uplift of deprived sections of society, especially Dalits. We are against the BJP and the RSS as they indulge in communal politics," told

"The communal politics of the BJP and the RSS gives strength to casteism and communalism and leads to fight for supremacy in society," Singh said in an interview.

"In the coming elections, we will create an awakening against the BJP and the RSS and make appeal in favour of those in position to trounce them," he said.

These appeals, he said, will be at the personal level and should not be construed as the taking a plunge into politics.

Singh, who has been working to ensure the release of Bhim Army's founder from jail, said people need to know as to how the BJP government has been working "arbitrarily" and putting people behind bars and imposing the stringent NSA against them.

Claiming that the arrest of after the caste riots in 2017 catapulted the popularity of the Bhim Army, Singh said the outfit's reach has grown "manifold" and today it has presence in almost all states.

"We are working at the ground level on like literacy, prohibition and bringing back those who left schools ...issues which otherwise go unnoticed by political parties" he stressed.

The Bhim Army was in the last year when it defied the denial of permission to hold a protest rally in

Thousands of Dalits swamped New Delhi's area, protesting against the government's alleged silence on the caste-based riots.

The Dalit leaders spearheading the protest had reportedly approached the Police for permission to hold an assembly of around 15,000 Dalits from to protest "selective" police action against Dalits in Saharanpur violence.

However, the infuriated leaders decided to go ahead with their agitation after the administration denied request.

The Bhim Army had also invited the ire of Mayawati, who had described it as "a product of BJP" to dent her Dalit

had alleged that Bhim Army members used to "extort money" from people on the birth by calling themselves "BSP's well-wishers" and had also appealed to people to celebrate such occasions only under BSP banner.

Interestingly, during the recent Kairana bypoll, the Bhim Army had made an appeal to voters in favour of the opposition candidate who managed to get Dalit support there despite remaining silent.

Bhim Army activists move from village to village working among the people, especially Dalits at the grassroot level earning them considerable acceptance and popularity in the western parts of the state, he said.

"After the arrest of Chandra Shekhar, there have been calls from all over the country to us and we have expanded our area of work to several states," Singh said.

The Bhim Army is presently working to seek the release of 'Ravan', who has been in jail on charges of engineering caste riots in Saharanpur last year.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 14:35 IST