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Goel’s Gandhi moment: Spends night with Dalits

City BJP chief Vijay Goel on Sunday night did a Rahul Gandhi to woo Dalits voters ahead of the upcoming Delhi assembly elections. Goel visited a Dalit colony and shared food with the residents and also decided to spend the night at the colony.   

According to Goel, the night halt in the Dalit colony was part of padyatra (foot march) and sahbhoj (eating together) to reach out to the community and bring them into the party fold.
‘The Dalits have been treated as a vote bank by the Congress but as the facts reveal that their welfare has never been made a priority by the party,’ Goel said while addressing the gathering at the colony in Pandav Nagar area.

‘It’s time to change this government which has taken the poor and the Dalits for a ride,’ he added. He along with some Dalit faces of the party, including Kishan Dillor, Yogender Chandolia, decided to stay in the Balmiki Temple in Pandav Nagar. ‘We will stay in the temple and have dinner with people who live here. The overnight programme to stay in the colony is to understand their problems in a better way,’ Goel added.

Earlier in the day, he conducted    in Balmiki Basti of Ranjit Nagar and visited a number of Dalit colonies in the surrounding areas.
He was accompanied by a huge number of local community leaders and a number of BJP office bearers.

After the padyatra, Goel declared that he would spend the night at Pandav Nagar along with the community members. He promised the Dalits that his party would run special time-bound programmes to support and encourage higher education, skill building and employment-oriented training for the community’s youths. Goel had earlier organised a mass lunch for thousands of Dalits in the city.

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