Paswan launches 'Dalit Alpsankhayak Adhikar Yatra'
New Delhi, May 3 (UNI) Lok Janshakti Party President Ram Vilas Paswan today launched a 'Dalit Alpsankhayak Adhikar Yatra' to counter Bharat Suraksha Yatra of the BJP and bring unity among Dalit and Muslims.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Paswan said the RSS was trying to misguide people by raising the question of conversion of minorities.
Supporting the reservation for minorities like Muslims, the LJP leader said he would work for the protection of their rights and bring unity between Dalits and Muslims.
Giving detailed programme of his Yatra, Mr Paswan said after passing through various parts of the Delhi during the next three days it would culminate into a rally at Talkatora Stadium on May 6.
After this, the yatra would visit various parts of Uttar Pradesh and would culminate into a rally at Allahabad on May 24.
A number of rallies would be organised in the route of the Adhikar Yatra, he said. A massive rally would be organised in Ghaziabad on May 7, in which former prime minister V P Singh, CPI General Secretary A B Vardhan and Dalit Sena President Ramchandra Paswan would participate.
Later, Mr Paswan would address a Kisan Sabha to be held by Mr Singh at Lucknow on May 30. He would also hold a rally on August 9 at Gandhi Maidan in Patna to highlight the failures of the Nitish Kumar Government in Bihar.
The LJP leader said he would focus on Uttar Pradesh for the next ten months before the Assembly elections are held in the state. He said his slogan of Dalit-Muslim unity given during the Bihar Assembly elections would also be very effective in Uttar Pradesh as the caste-based politics is similar in both the states.
He said ''dalits in Uttar Pradesh are alienated from Mayawati's BSP as they feel that the leader who is unable to protect herself could not protect their rights. The Congress is also not in good shape in the state, so the LJP could emerge as the axis of politics in UP where it would contest all the seats during the Assembly elections.'' Mr Paswan siad during the past Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, the LJP had only supported the Congress, now it would contest on its own.
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