BJP promotes Indian culture, traditions: Amit Shah
Along with Shah Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan with his cabinet colleagues, Dalits and tribals took a holy dip christened as the 'Samrasta Snan' (harmony bath), apparently in a bid to win over the twin communities.
BJP president Amit Shah, who took a holy dip in the Shipra river in Valmiki Gaht in Ujjain district as part of programmes during the ongoing Simhasth Kumbh, said the country now has a government that promotes Indian traditions and culture. Along with Shah Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan with his cabinet colleagues, Dalits and tribals took a holy dip christened as the 'Samrasta Snan' (harmony bath), apparently in a bid to win over the twin communities. This is also seen as an attempt by the BJP to reach to the Dalit community ahead of the much talked about Uttar Pradesh assembly polls scheduled for 2017.
The move has come at a time when RSS is organising a series of functions to draw Dalits and tribals to its fold apparently after the Sangh Parivar head Mohan Bhagwat stirred a hornet's nest by calling for review of reservation policy during run up to the Bihar assembly polls last year. The statement had boomeranged and apparently led to BJP's drubbing in the caste-ridden polls.
“The present union government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is for promoting our culture and traditions, for strengthening our values. On behalf of the prime minister, I greet all the sadhus and saints here,” Shah said.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had earlier announced it as a “samaajik samrasta” (social harmony) event, in which Shah was to take the holy dip and then dine with Dalit saints.
But the party changed the programme at the eleventh hour and made it a “sant samagam” (conglomeration of saints), after many saints opposed the move calling it “divisive”.
All India Akhara Parishad president Narendra Giri said that he had opposed the BJP's earlier programme as he believes that saints have no caste. (IANS)