At the parliamentary party meeting on Friday, the PM said that the ruling party was engaged in inclusive politics while the Opposition was indulging in divisive and negative politics due to the rising strength of the BJP.

Four days after the Bharat Bandh by Dalit groups over the alleged dilution of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act amid increasing unrest within the community, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked his party’s MPs to spend at least two nights in Dalit-dominated villages and “restore” the faith of the community in the BJP.

The Prime Minister’s call on the party’s 38th foundation day came even as BJP president Amit Shah reiterated at a rally in Mumbai that the party would not let the reservation policy be scrapped. “The Prime Minister asked all party MPs to spend two nights in villages between April 14 (the birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar) and May 5. He told them to pick at least one village with over 50 per cent population of SCs,” said a BJP MP who attended the meeting.
According to sources, the Prime Minister pointed out that there are “more than 20,000 such villages in the country”.

On April 13, a day before the 127th birth anniversary of the Dalit icon, the Prime Minister is expected to dedicate 26, Alipur Road, the house where Ambedkar died and which is being turned into a memorial, to the nation. The move is being seen as part of a series of attempts by the BJP leadership to woo Dalits ever since coming into power in 2014.