BJP President Amit Shah cancels visit to Agra


New Delhi: On Friday sources reported that, Bharatiya Janata Paty President Amit Shah has cancelled a visit to Agra planned for July 31, amid protests by the Dalit community. Shah was to take part in Buddhist monk and previous MP Dhamma Viriyo's rally in the city. In Uttar Pradesh 87-year-old Viriyo has been caption the Dhamma Chetna Yatra in Dalit-OBC regions to gather hold up for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in front of the 2017 state Assembly elections.  But Dalit groups and BSP workers have protested against the BJP’s association with the yatra, and BJP sources said this was the reason Shah’s visit was called off. According to BJP representatives, Shah cancelled his visit since resistance from Dalits and Bahujan Samaj Party associates to the party's participation with the yatra.

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Though, state BJP representatives Chandra Mohan conveyed Shah's annulment was a result of a change in venue for the occurrence, which was moved from the great Kothi Meena Bazar ground to an indoor auditorium at Saraswati Shishu Mandir because of rain. BJP national general secretary Arun Singh and party state president Keshav Prasad Maurya will attend the Agra rally and also address a meeting at Saraswati Shishu Mandir. But party representatives uphold that Shah feared clashes at the rally flanked by Dalits and BJP associates and protesters rotating up with black flags. The Dhamma Chetna Yatra commence on April 24. It was flagged off by Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh at Sarnath, Varanasi. On July 24 when the rally arrived Aligarh, Buddhist monks asked local BJP leaders to leave subsequent to Dalits, who had collect at the venue to welcome the yatra, protested next to their presence. It is likely to conclude in Lucknow in October, and organisers hope the PM will address the gathering then.

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