Members of the newly launched Bhikhari Party address a press conference on Wednesday
“The government does not provide essential commodities to common people at reasonable rates, therefore, we feel that the government is turning a common man into a beggar. This has forced us to launch this party,” said Ramesh Chandra Bakoria, general secretary of BP, addressing a press conference on Wednesday.
Sunny Uchchhal, the president of the party claimed that Bhikhari Party would fight the 2018 assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh with the motto of ‘Right to Equality’.
Uchchhal said, “I run a beggars’ ashram and thus understand their pain. In the past few years, I have come to realize that the condition of common citizens in India is not very different than that of beggars. Most of the members of our party are farmers who are facing a difficult time due to the policies and ignorance of the government.”
However, when contacted, some beggars felt that the members of the party were making fun of them and attempting to snatch their identity by starting a party in their name.
Sonu Kumar, a physically challenged beggar at Roshanpura Square, said, “They (BP) are making a fun of beggars by launching such a party. However, I hope that the party improves the condition of poor people.”
Source: Hindustan Times , 19th Nov 2015