As many as 50 graduates from the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) across India have quit their jobs to form a political party named ‘Bahujan Azad Party’ to fight for the rights of the lower classes.
The group is awaiting an approval from the Election Commission.
“We are 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 groundwork,” Naveen Kumar, a 2015 IIT graduate, who is leading the group, told the media.
The group includes most of its members from the SC, ST and OBC community. They feel the backward classes have not received their due in terms of education and employment.
The party, however, didn’t wish to contest the 2019 LokSabha 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 newly formed group has already created a poster which includes B R Ambedkar, Subhash Chandra Bose, and APJ Abdul Kalam,etc. and have already started a social media campaign.
“Once we have the registration, we will form small units of the party which will start working on the ground for our target groups. We also do not wish to pitch ourselves as a rival of any political party and ideology,” Kumar added.