50 IIT Alumni Quit Jobs To Form New Political Outfit 'Bahujan Azad Party'

| April 23 , 2018 , 08:02 IST

Alumni of the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology generally have their pick of jobs, but in a contrast, a group of 50 IIT alumni have quit their respective jobs across the country to form a new political party to fight for the rights of SC/ST and OBCs.

The alumni have named their political outfit 'Bahujan Azad Party' and is pending approval from the Election Commission. The group includes members mostly of the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Other Backward Castes (OBC) communities and feels that the communities have not received their due in terms of education and employment.

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“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,” said Naven Kumar, a 2015 IIT Delhi graduate leading the group, to PTI.

The party once approved would not be contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, but would contest the 2020 Bihar Assembly elections first.

“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.

Meanwhile, the party has already begun a social media campaign with posters featuring B R Ambedkar, Subhas Chandra Bos, and A P J Abdul Kalam, among others

“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 or ideology,” Kumar added.

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