NEW DELHI: After commemorating the legacy of B R Ambedkar, BJP, which is trying to woo the Dalits ahead of crucial Uttar Pradesh polls, on Saturday celebrated the birth anniversary of Maharishi Valmiki at an event at the party headquarters where Amit Shah claimed that the top five schemes of each ministry were meant for the welfare of Dalits and the poor. .
“The government led by the Prime Minister is one that is working most for the poor and oppressed people. Take any ministry or department, you will see that the first five schemes are dedicated to the poor, Dalits, backwards and the oppressed,” Shah said while addressing at a function held to mark Valmiki Jayanti at the BJP headquarters here.
Shah further said the Centre through its various schemes, including the Jan Dhan Yojana and Skill India, was working for the economic empowerment of the poor and weaker sections of society. He added that the government had asked banks to finance schemes for Dalits’ self-employment. Shah stated that it was a big indication of the change being initiated. The party’s Dhamma Chetna Yatra, which was also aimed at connecting with the Dalits in the state, concluded in Kanpur on Friday. Union Social Justice Minister Thawarchand Gehlot, BJP general secretary Ram Lal and in-charge of the party’s Scheduled Caste Morcha Dushyant Gautam were also present at the function.