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BJP promises free books, tuitions

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 11, 2013
First Published: 00:10 IST(11/4/2013) | Last Updated: 00:11 IST(11/4/2013)

The Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday announced that they would distribute free books for school children as also those studying in colleges or pursuing professional courses.

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President of the party's Delhi unit, Vijay Goel, in what is being seen as an attempt to play the Dalit card, also offered free private tuitions to Dalit children besides promising to hold regular medical camps for such families.

"Political parties make promises of providing such facilities after coming to power. But we want to help the Dalit families now. These facilities of education and health will be available to them from tomorrow. They can come to our office and register themselves," Goel said.

"We will initiate more such schemes for the benefit and development of Dalits on April 14, the birth anniversary of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar," he added.

Dalit and backward classes, notably, have been known to traditionally vote for the Congress in Delhi. With the Sheila Dikshit government going all out to woo them by regularizing unauthorized colonies and offering help in ownership rights in resettlement colonies, the Delhi BJP's recent move is being seen as an attempt to make inroads in Congress' vote bank.

Goel, later, also alleged that the Congress government in Delhi state has done little to uplift the backward section.

BJP, he claimed, would be encouraging all its cadres to employ at least one worker from this class to strengthen the employment base. The Congress government in Delhi he said had snatched away jobs from people of this class. "In past 14 years Delhi government has done nothing,” Goel said.

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