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Dalit leader Devidas Jayant, who also converted, said they had taken the step due to discrimination and atrocities against the community.
The saffron party has promised to construct a 150-ft Ambedkar statue at Tank Bund if voted to power.
Kapu patriarch Mudragada Padmanabham said the meeting was the beginning of a new political front in the State.
Ramdas Athawale said he would soon meet Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to submit this demand.
The "very positive trend" during the decade between 2005-06 and 2015-16 in India is that "the poorest are catching up", Sabina Alkire, Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative.
Besides those arrested, another 11 people wanted in the case - five caste Hindus and six Dalits - are absconding.
Yadav also said by passing a bill in Parliament the NDA government reversed the dilution of the SC/ST Act, but it left scope for tinkering in future.
The BJP will hold a two-day meeting amid unrest among upper castes over its pro-Dalit push, with key focus on Vajpayee's legacy and strategies for the upcoming state and assembly elections.
Sources said that the BJP leaders had brought to the notice of the party high command simmering anger among the upper castes in a number of states.
Tension prevails in Bihar village after caste hatred leads to man's lynching, burning of huts in retaliation
Five people, including two women, from the Sahni community were arrested for the murder of Nagendra Paswan following a fierce group clash in the village in Vaishali district on Friday.
In a statement released by the Aam Aadmi Party, Gautam dubbed as unannounced emergency Tuesday's arrest of five rights activists who he said defend the Dalits in courts.
Vice president M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday called upon religious leaders to head to villages and embrace Dalits and others of downtrodden sections.
Tarachand, 70, and his 18-year-old physically challenged daughter Suman were killed in the April 2010 arson attack on their house and a row of other Dalit houses in Mirchpur, near Chandigarh.
A van belonging to a Dalit man was parked on a road and when asked to remove it, he refused - which led to a clash between the Thakurs, the dominant caste in the village, and Dalits.
Attorney General K K Venugopal said creamy layer stopped affluent people from other backward classes from availing quota benefits and this cannot be made applicable to SCs and STs.