Reaching out in Mhow: Rahul Gandhi to visit Ambedkar birthplace today
The visit is a prelude to the Congress' plans to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of the Dalit icon next year in a grand way and come closer to the community, which was once its vote bank.india Updated: Jun 02, 2015 10:47 IST
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will on Tuesday visit Mhow, the birthplace of Dalit icon BR Ambedkar, as part of his campaign to reach out to less privileged people to revive the fortunes of his party.
The visit is a prelude to the Congress' plans to celebrate Ambedkar's 125th birth anniversary next year in a grand way and move closer to the Dalits, who once strongly backed the party.
According to the All India Congress Committee, Gandhi is expected to reach Indore at noon and garland the statue of the architect of the Constitution at Mhow, around 25 km from Indore, later.
He will address a public meeting and interact with Dalit leaders and activists in the evening before returning to Delhi.
Madhya Pradesh Congress president Arun Yadav told reporters that Gandhi will pay tribute at the Ambedkar memorial and address a public meeting.
He will speak on Ambedkar's thoughts at a seminar and interact with intellectuals and activists of the Dalit and tribal communities.
Yadav said Gandhi's visit is the opening event of a series of meetings and interactions planned by the Congress for Ambedkar's 125th birth anniversary.
Apart from mounting a high voltage campaign on the farm sector crisis in different parts of the country and targeting the NDA government over the land bill, Gandhi took up fishermen's problems by visiting a coastal village in Kerala recently.