In an apparent bid to woo dalits in Uttar Pradesh , the Congress party will be holding a ‘Dalit conclave” in Lucknow on February 18 to be attended by party Vice President Rahul Gandhi. According to reports Gandhi will be attending the concluding session of the conclave which will deliberate on a number of issues concerning dalits including formulating a strategy to bring back the community in the party-fold, Chairman of UP Congress’ Communications Department Satyadev Tripathi said to media .
The conclave will hold a discussion on “Ambedkar’s mission and Congress’ vision for socio-economic empowerment of Dalits”, he said. At the event, to be also to be attended by senior leaders like Mukul Wasnik and Madhusudan Mistry, a discussion will be held on the the strategy for bringing back Dalits into Congress-fold, developing dalit leadership and “anti-dalit approach of SP, BSP, BJP and RSS”, Tripathi said.
After attending the conclave, Gandhi will visit his Parliamentary constituency Amethi. Uttar Pradesh is slated to have Assembly elections next year. The Congress is desperate to revive its flagging fortunes in the most crucial state in the Hindi heartland.
Reduced to mere 44 seats in Lok Sabha after 2014 General Elections , the party is hoping that a good performance in Uttar Pradesh could catapult it to power at the Centre in the 2019 general Elections. Hence the 2017 Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh is of utmost important for the Grand old party.