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OBC Morcha to fight for rights of backward classes

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Seeking to consolidate its votebank among backward classes, the newly formed OBC Morcha of aims to spread its wings across the country and help empower them and fight for their rights.

Morcha President S P Singh Baghel said the Morcha will help connect backward classes with the party and create awareness among them.

The Morcha, which has been formed for the first time by BJP, will also felicitate party president at the party headquarters on July 10, which will be attended by backward class leaders from all over the country.

"The OBC Morcha aims to connect with the backward classes across the country and help create awareness of their rights, besides empowering them. The Morcha will also fight for their rights," Baghel said.

Shah last week announced the setting up of the OBC Morcha to help expand its base among the largest community that holds the key to its electoral fortunes in poll-bound and Uttar Pradesh.

He said nearly half the population belongs to backward classes and the party seeks to connect with all of them. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is also working for development of all communities.

feels that OBCs influence politics across the country and are key to electoral victory in some key states like and Uttar Pradesh, where it is seeking to wrest power. By having a separate wing for the OBCs, seeks to woo the backward communities.

Baghel said the Morcha will reach out to every block and village and set up committees for each state, district and block.

"We will try and include all backward communities and make representatives of each community," he said.

OBCs have traditionally backed regional parties like those of Lalu Prasad, Nitish Kumar and Yadav but the BJP has now focussed on them to win them over.

First Published: Wed, July 08 2015. 20:32 IST