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BJP launches Garib Rath Yatra in Mumbai to woo urban poor

The party workers will be visiting slum dwellers to promote various initiatives of the government and aims to reach out to 25,000 people directly.

mumbai Updated: Feb 12, 2018 00:07 IST
Sagar Pillai
Sagar Pillai
Hindustan Times
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BJP’s Mumbai unit president Ashish Shelar announced a series of rallies under ‘Garib Rath Yatra’, starting on Sunday. (HT File)

In a bid to strike a chord with the urban poor, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) city unit president Ashish Shelar has announced a series of rallies under ‘Garib Rath Yatra’, starting on Sunday.

The party workers will be visiting slum dwellers to promote various initiatives of the government and aims to reach out to 25,000 people directly. The five-day rally will see six sets of 12 rallies visit all 227 electoral wards in the city and focus on promoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Housing for All scheme.

In its last winter session, the state government announced that the slum dwellings that have come up between 2000 and 2011 will be given permanent homes. However, they will have to pay for the construction cost in order to get possession of their new house. The rallies will inform the slum dwellers about this new scheme.

There will be 12 major rallies in Mumbai addressed by Shelar and the first rally will take place at Kala Chowki. Other areas include Vakola, Kurla, Antop Hill, Mankhurd, Vikhroli and Marol. There will also be a huge rally will be held on February 16 in Bhandup.

In his first Garib Rath Yatra rally at Kala Chowkie on Sunday, Shelar spoke about various initiatives led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. He announced that his party will be gathering data of slum dwellings that have come up between 2000 and 2011.

“Nearly 18 lakh Mumbaikars will be benefitted by the state assembly’s amendment to the Maharashtra Slum Areas Act. The Fadnavis-led government’s decision to provide permanent homes to slum dwellers is remarkable. Our party workers will gather data of slum dwellings that can be regularised through its slum societies. I would request the citizens to not trust any agents with details. We will distribute pamphlets informing about the process and distribute forms. Citizens will have to attach a photocopy of their documents with the forms and submit,” said Shelar.

First Published: Feb 12, 2018 00:07 IST