In a bid to woo the Dalit community in Maharashtra, the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee (MRCC) has proposed December 6 to be declared as a dry day. A resolution to this effect was passed by the MRCC executive committee on Friday.
December 6 is observed as the death anniversary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and lakhs of Dalits visit Chaitya Bhoomi, the memorial to the leader in Dadar.
The resolution was passed unanimously by the committee and it will be submitted to the chief minister on Monday.
Janardhan Chandurkar, president of MRCC, said, “The day is a very sombre day for Buddhists.
Therefore, there is certain seriousness associated with the occasion as on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. More importantly, many of our workers felt that the day should be declared a dry day.
“In view of the sentiment of the people, we decided to pass a resolution. We will send the resolution to the chief minister and try to persuade him. Now it is for the government to take a call on the issue.”
Rallies for Muslim, Dalit communities
The MRCC has decided to hold a Congress rally in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) grounds. “We have invited both Rahul and Sonia Gandhi for the rally,” said Chandurkar.
Before the rally of the Congress president and vice president, the MRCC will organise a rally for the Muslim community at the YMCA grounds in Byculla and a rally for Dalits in the eastern suburbs. Both rallies are being organised to understand the problems of both communities and CM is expected to address both of them.