New Delhi, April 22 (PTI): A group of 50 graduates of the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), composed mostly of Dalits, Tribals and Balckward Classes, have quit their jobs and launched a political party to fight for the rights of the downtrodden in Indian society.
The group, which is waiting for an approval from the Election Commission, has named their outfit “Bahujan Azad Party”.
“We are a bunch of 50 people, all from different IITs, who have quit our full-time jobs to work for the party. We have applied to the Election Commission for an approval and are meanwhile doing ground work,” Naveen Kumar, a 2015 IIT Delhi graduate, who is leading the group, told PTI.
The party members, however, do not wish to jump the gun and aim for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
“We do not wish to do a hurried job and end up being reduced to just one of those small political outfits with big ambitions. We will begin with contesting the 2020 Bihar assembly elections and then aim for the next Lok sabha polls,” Kumar said.
The banner has pictures of B R Ambedkar, Subhas Chandra Bose and A P J Abdul Kalam, Periyar E.V.Ramasamy Naicker, Dr.Ram Manohar Lohia, and Kashi Ram among others, the party has already begun a social media campaign.