LUCKNOW — The Uttar Pradesh government Dec. 29 once again issued instructions to all government offices to display a picture of Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar.
The government offices told to put up Ambedkar's picture include the Legislative Assembly, Legislative Council, State Secretariat, public sector institutions, municipal corporations and councils, and educational institutions.
A state government spokesman said that the offices have been asked to immediately comply with the instructions, which were first issued Dec. 6, and added that inscribing the dates of Ambedkar's birth and death under the picture was mandatory.
The move is being seen as an attempt by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party to woo Dalits by paying homage to their icon.
Dalits in two successive electoral outings – the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 and the state assembly elections earlier this year – deserted the Bahujan Samaj Party and voted in favor of the BJP.
The party is seemingly preparing for another long haul and eyeing the Dalit vote bank for the 2019 general elections.