Woo dalit population in state: Ranike to party SC wing
Raakhi Jagga Posted online: Fri Dec 09 2011, 03:44 hrs
Ludhiana : As elections near, political parties have begun targeting
the scheduled caste vote-bank in the state. On Thursday, Animal
Husbandary Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike urged the SC wing of the
Shiromani Akali Dal(SAD) to gear up and actively pursue Dalits in the
state. In Ferozepur to chair a meeting of the SAD's scheduled caste
wing, Ranike stated that more that 35 per cent of the state's
population comprised of Dalits and if the scheduled tribe and backward
class categories were added, they would total half of Punjab's
population and would be a decisive factor in the forthcoming
"Elections are in the final gear, so we need to awaken the SC
population. After the latest census, SC voters have increased a lot.
The entire clock revolves around them, " Ranike said. " The main
thrust of the meeting was to tell our workers to awaken the masses
about various social welfare initiatives like the shagun scheme, widow
pension, old age pension, scholarships for SC students and much more,"
SAD workers claim that previous poll analysis have shown that general
category voters hardly come out of their houses to vote ans so they
need to work hard to woo the other category workers.
Joginder Singh Jindu, president of SAD SC wing, Ferozepur said:
"Elections are just two months away. So we need to start our work now.
We will also be going in large numbers to attend the state level rally
to be held in Moga on December 18. More than 20,000 of our workers
will attend this rally, because the CM has stated that special mention
will be on dalit voters"
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