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LJP to hold events across country to highlight NDA govt's pro-Dalit measures

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

BJP's ally the today said it would reach out to people in various parts of the country to highlight the pro-measures taken by the government, as the ruling NDA works to build its campaign for the elections next year.

LJP said the Ram Vilas Paswan-led party would hold events in a number of states, including Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Paswan, who is an Union minster, would have key presence at some of these exercises.

While the regional party enjoys little clout outside Bihar, the BJP believes vocal support by a ally like Paswan, who has been a key voice within the government on issues concerning the community, would help the alliance.

The BJP has also asked its leaders, especially those from and tribal communities, to reach out to the members of their communities, following the passage of a bill to restore the original stringent provisions of a law on atrocities against the communities.

Parliament on Thursday passed the bill to overturn a order concerning certain safeguards against arrest under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe law. It rules out any provision for anticipatory bail for a person accused of atrocities against SC/STs notwithstanding any court order.

Khaliq said the has gone out of the way to ensure the bill's passage as the matter was already in the

Dalit votes will be crucial to the BJP-led NDA's electoral fortunes, especially in states like and

Faced with a likely united opposition in these states, the saffron party is eyeing an increase in its vote share to quell the challenge.

In Uttar Pradesh, its two key rivals, the BSP and SP, have joined hands while in the opposition led by Lalu Prasad's RJD has managed to win over Dalit leaders and to its side.

Stepping up attack on the opposition, Paswan had yesterday questioned the pro-Dalit credentials of opposition parties including the and fired off 14 questions seeking a reply from

He also hailed for the quick passage of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment bill to address concerns of Dalits and tribals.

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First Published: Sun, August 12 2018. 16:00 IST