Trained in social engineering, 1,850 BJP activists belonging to the party’s Dalit, Mahadalit and ati-pichra morcha have fanned out across the state to draw support of their castemen for the saffron party in the upcoming assembly polls in Bihar.
Carrying the message that only BJP could ensure development and provide self-respect to the poor and the downtrodden, the activists are knocking at the doors of every household in the Dalit, Mahadalit and EBC dominated villages of the state.
The Dalit ideologue strategy is at the core of the BJP’s Bihar poll strategy where, it feels, chief minister Nitish Kumar’s Mahadalit politics and policy emphasis stands in the way of a party sweep.
The emphasis has now been enhanced with the BJP ranks already bolstered by former chief minister, Jitan Ram Manjhi, a Mahadalit joining in, while LJPs Ram Vilas Paswan, another Dalit leader, remains ‘tried and tested’ asset.
The volunteers educate the people about the welfare schemes of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and spread awareness of the successe of the BJP ruled states in empowering Dalits.
Apart from discussing politics, they also give lessons on nationality, social harmony, BJP’s philosophy and vices prevalent in society.
Trained in a BJP camp at Jhinjholi in Haryana, the activists are well aware about the tenets of social engineering.
“They are our commandos, who are focused in their objective,” said state BJP president Mangal Pandey. “They have been given the task and they follow it doggedly,” he added.
He said activists, who include 100 women, were selected from party workers and sent to Jhinjholi to undergo one week rigorous training. “At the camp, their day used to begin with two hours of physical exercise, which included aerobics,” said Pandey. Top party leaders from Delhi and other states visited the training centre to talk of BJP philosophy and social norms,” he added.
“Primarily, the activists were told how to mainstream their castemen. They would solicit votes for the party but at the same time, they would also teach them as to how to live a decent life with limited resources,” Pandey said.
He said the activists, mainly in the age group of 25 to 55, were trained in batches in the last four-five months. “We are planning to send some more groups to undergo training in the days to come,” he said.
Pandey said the best part of the story was that the workers, who volunteered for the training programme, were now ready for taking up any social or political responsibility.