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AAP to woo Punjab Dalits, allots chapter to them in manifesto

punjab Updated: Apr 08, 2014 10:25 IST
Brajesh Kumar

After the polling in Delhi and Haryana on April 10, the AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal will head to Punjab for a three day road show.

While the demand for the party’s star campaigner has been coming from a number of states including Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Goa, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the AAP leader has chosen Punjab to woo the Dalits who constitute 29% of the population.

“Kejriwal will campaign in all the three reserved seats including Jalandhar, Fatehgarh Sahib and Faridkot, along with some other constituencies like Sangrur, where the party expects to do well,” a party leader told HT.

The party leader said Valmiki community, which is one of the largest Dalit groups, had supported the AAP during the Delhi assembly elections and is likely to support the party in Punjab.

In an effort to woo the community the party has devoted a separate chapter on them in its manifesto. In the chapter titled life of dignity to the Valmiki Community the manifesto promises to “end the contractulisation of safai karamchari posts along with taking steps to provide better educational opportunities to the children from the community.

The party is also banking on its formation of the special investigative team to re-investigate the cases of anti-Sikh riots during its tenure in Delhi.