BJP lures Gujarat tribals with lunch diplomacy


Ahmedabad, Jun 1 (DHNS): In an effort to woo tribals in Gujarat, BJP national president Amit Shah on Wednesday had lunch at a tribal household in Devaliya in Chhota Udepurdistrict.

The BJP chief is hoping that the lunch diplomacy would lure sections of the society that traditionally voted for the Opposition. His lunch diplomacy began in West Bengal, where he ate at the household of a Dalit family and followed it up with a similar lunch date with another Dalit family in Varanasi.

On Tuesday, Shah chose to lunch at the house of party cadre Popatbhai Rathwa. Before the BJP chief could arrive at the Rathwa residence, party workers fitted the place with a new toilet, a washbasin, an LPG stove and a few coolers.

Shah was joined by BJP state in-charge Bhupendra Yadav, state unit chief Jitu Vaghani, general secretaries, state ministers, Parliamentarians and other functionaries.

The BJP chief was in Chhota Udepur to participate in the Vistarak programme that asks every party worker to reach out to voters across the state, right down to the 47,000 plus booths.

The presence of the Opposition here is so strong that five of the six taluk panchayats and the Chhota Udepur district panchayat are ruled by the Congress.

In 2014, when the BJP triumphed in all the 26 Lok Sabha constituencies, it was trailing in Chhota Udepur.

With growing opposition from the powerful Patidaars and the Dalits following the flogging of four youths by cow protection groups in Una in Saurashtra, the BJP is turning its focus on other communities like the tribals, whose support could off-set any loss of vote share from its traditional backers.

The party has been holding a series of events in the tribal belt for the past few months to win their support. Shah told newly inducted workers in Devaliya village that the party needs to work hard in Gujarat, despite the state remaining its fortress. Under the prime minister’s leadership, he said the party could win 150 out of 182 seats.

  

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  • D.Shetty, Mangalore /Bahrain

    Thu, Jun 01 2017

    BJP dont need to lure on any...people are smart enough to understand everything and thats why its been voted to power for stay long.. one by one is comming out like hugging Z.naik the so called intellectuals...

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Thu, Jun 01 2017

    hahaha... when this BJP leaders visits tribals, backword, poor people house, dalits house, they carry luxury things with them like A/C, wash basin, commode etc...!

    some leaders carry (or order) hotel food too...!!!

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  • Amith, USA

    Thu, Jun 01 2017

    Bro, that's why they are called "BESHARAM JANARA PARTY "

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  • vincent rodrigues, bangaluru/Katapadi

    Thu, Jun 01 2017

    No party is getting votes without luring and BJP is not exception for it

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  • Amith, USA

    Thu, Jun 01 2017

    Feku & DAKU Drama in FULL swing to India's Illiterate Chaddi Fools & Blind Bakhts. These IDIOTS have nothing to offer to Motherland but only Juumla, Bhashans & Drama. As long as Illiterate, Blinds & FOOLS are in existence in India, Bharatiya Juumla Party have no problem to Mission "Ullu Banaying " & "Self Glorifying"

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  • j.anata, mangaluru / bengaluru

    Thu, Jun 01 2017

    And then they have been ruling Gujarat since 1996

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  • Mark Dcruz, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 01 2017

    Ruling through Goondagiri. Amit and modi are know for.

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  • j.anata, mangaluru / bengaluru

    Thu, Jun 01 2017

    Conveniently discounting votes of the people of Gujarat?
    By the way, Modi came only in 2002, Shah in 2008

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  • mohan sr., Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 01 2017

    Mr Janata .. People does,t know when Modi and Amit entered in Gujarat politics , better not to comment ....

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  • Mark Dcruz, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 01 2017

    Before politics May I know their status?

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Mumbai

    Thu, Jun 01 2017

    In a meeting in Mumbai, which I attended, Swami Agnivesh said, people are kissing their pets and dogs, but, never lift and kiss a dalit child. However, he said, there is an exception during election time.

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  • Mark Dcruz, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 01 2017

    Amit and modi drama company for next election..
    Please go and see Gujarat, not even proper roads in Ahmedabad.

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  • Sannu, Manipal / Qatar

    Thu, Jun 01 2017

    The food containing Non Veg / Veg which was cooked or bought parcel for a very famous military hotel

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Thu, Jun 01 2017

    One must appreciate Amit Shah's honesty anyway, for he has openly admitted that whatever his party does prior to polls is nothing but Jumla.

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  • Nawaz, Jeppu

    Thu, Jun 01 2017

    Parcel from which restaurant?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jun 01 2017

    Dhokla & Khokla Hotel ...

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  • Raghavendra m k, mumbai maharastra..

    Thu, Jun 01 2017

    bjp is always giving example of Gujarat is developed called Gujarat model. but why this sudden tribals welfare. what percentage of literate increased in Gujarat during BJP period. it is only few industrialist become rich during their period, that the same industrialist having big NPA a/c in govt. controlled bank like mallya.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jun 01 2017

    Where are the tribals ...

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  • Peter, Udupi

    Thu, Jun 01 2017

    Outside the studio.Lol

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jun 01 2017

    True face of Gujarat ...

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