Eyeing Uttar Pradesh assembly elections 2017, the Modi government has come with ‘Progressive Panchayats’ to be held all across the country. The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) led central government wants to spread a word about its minority related schemes through the initiative.
The Muslim vote bank have always maintained a distance with BJP in past and when it comes to assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, the Muslim minorities become important for every political party as the community could prove to be a game-changer. With this initiative, the BJP plans to bridge the gap between the party and Muslims.
Recently, in kozhikode, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke in favour of Muslims that the community should not be considered as ‘Vote Bank’. However, Modi came under fire of Muslim clergy as according to them, his statement in kozhikode was not surprising but expected one. The kozhikode is a muslim dominant town and even the local MLAs are from the community.
The first panchayat will be held in Mewat area of Haryana on Wednesday and it will presided over by Union minorities affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
As per sources, the BJP eyes not only Muslim but also dalits too who have shifted away from the party after Una incident. In the panchayat, the Union Ministers would be engaged to hold dialogue with Muslims and dalits over the issues they face and also awareness about the schemes run by central government for their upliftment.