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Dalit welfare, temple on Gadkari’s agenda

Dalit welfare, temple on Gadkari’s agenda
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First Published: Thu, Feb 18 2010. 11 22 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Feb 18 2010. 11 22 PM IST
Indore: The new leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under Nitin Gadkari is attempting a consolidation of new sections of society such as Dalits and minorities, while a section of the party led by Rajnath Singh advocates status quo.
“Dalit welfare is part of our philosophy of political life. BJP stands for justice to the Dalits and to eradicate untouchability,” Gadkari said in his presidential speech, while suggesting a softer approach to solve issues such as the proposed Ram temple at Ayodhya by consensus and taking Muslims along.
“Today, I appeal to the Muslim community to be generous towards the sentiments and feelings of Hindus... If you (Muslims) give up your claim on the land at the disputed site, we will cooperate in the construction of a magnificent masjid (mosque) in nearby land,” he said.
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First Published: Thu, Feb 18 2010. 11 22 PM IST