A new BJP move to make another dent into Mawayati's vote-bank
To attract more of them, the party has proposed to set up additional courts to speedily dispose cases of atrocities on scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. The proposal was recently sent to the law department which has got nothing against it.
It will see the light of the day after it is cleared by the finance department. Setting up of additional courts headed by additional district and sessions judges will entail additional burden of Rs 100 crores . In view of the importance attached to the proposal by party's top brass, it is likely to be okayed soon.
It has been estimated that additional 275 posts have to be created for the purpose as 25 additional courts are proposed to be set up . These courts will try the atrocity cases under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Act already in force.
Clearly, the aim behind the move is to win over Dalits who are still with Mayawati which may cause further damage to her party in next Lok Sabha elections and help the BJP consolidate Dalit vote-bank.
Dalits account for 22 per cent of the total population in the state and they have been largely contributing to her electoral success. In recent assembly elections most of them , particularly those belonging to other than Jatav caste, had deserted her and it was the main reason for the BJP securing a record victory.
The BJP had captured more than eighty per cent of Dalit seats in these elections. The party hopes to garner more Dalit support in 2019 parliamentary polls by the new proposal and make her position more vulnerable.