A group of citizens in Madhya Pradesh have come together to launch a political party named ‘Bhikhari Party’ (BP) in an attempt to draw attention to and improve the condition of common people, who they say are ‘living the life of beggars’.
“The government does not provide essential commodities to common people at reasonable rates, therefore, we feel that the government is turning a common man into a beggar. This has forced us to launch this party,” said Ramesh Chandra Bakoria, general secretary of BP, addressing a press conference on Wednesday.
The group is now in the process of getting the party registered through the Election Commission of India (ECI).
“All political parties, including the newly launched Aam Aadmi Party, are not focusing on problems of the common man and poor people. Our nation has a rich history from Krishna to Akbar, where poor people were treated as god. A poor man used to live his life with self-respect, but now things have changed,” Bakoria added.
Sunny Uchchhal, the president of the party claimed that Bhikhari Party would fight the 2018 assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh with the motto of ‘Right to Equality’.
Uchchhal said, “I run a beggars’ ashram and thus understand their pain. In the past few years, I have come to realize that the condition of common citizens in India is not very different than that of beggars. Most of the members of our party are farmers who are facing a difficult time due to the policies and ignorance of the government.”
However, when contacted, some beggars felt that the members of the party were making fun of them and attempting to snatch their identity by starting a party in their name.
Sonu Kumar, a physically challenged beggar at Roshanpura Square, said, “They (BP) are making a fun of beggars by launching such a party. However, I hope that the party improves the condition of poor people.”