To conquer Odisha, BJP woos dalits..national meet starts today

Bhubaneswar:  The win in Odisha panchayat polls has given a boost to the plan of PM narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah to conquer the unconquered territories, and Odisha happens to be one of them. It is in this direction that the party has organised its 2-day national executive meet here. The meet starts on Saturday, April 15.

PM Modi, party bigwigs and veterans like LK Advani and MM Joshi will attend the meet. Union ministers, chief ministers of 13 BJP-ruled states and three deputy chief ministers will be also be attending.

In a bid to unfurl the party flag in Odisha , the party took a bold step on Friday named the meet venue after the dalit poet Bhima Bhoi to woo dalits, who comprise over 17 per cent of state population.

Of the 147 assembly segments in Odisha, 23 seats are reserved for scheduled caste candidates while three of its 21 Lok Sabha seats are allotted to the dalit community.

BJP had won only two SC seats in the assembly and none of the three LS seats allotted to the community. The party is now focusing on dalit votes which traditionally belonged to Congress but has now slipped into hands of the BJD. The dalit population in the state is 71,48,463 according to the 2011 census.

The assembly elections will be held in 2019, the year of next general elections.