In first of its kind case of crowd funding for elections in Gujarat, a candidate of the Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP), contesting the Lok Sabha election from Valsad seat has taken to social media to finance his election campaigns.
Meet Pankaj Dodia Patel, 36, a cash-starved leader of the Chhotu Vsava headed BTP, residing in Dehgam village in Valsad taluka. He is advocating the rights of the tribal in south Gujarat region since the last many years and has taken to online crowd funding using his Facebook account to fund his campaign. Pankaj has studied till class X and did diploma from Industrial Training Institute (ITI). At present, he is working as draftsman in Valsad.
According to Patel, BTP’s main demands include implementation of the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution, which deals with administration and control of scheduled areas and scheduled tribes, the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition Of Forest Rights) Act, which legally recognises the right of tribals to protect and manage their lands, besides specific schemes for tribal students and the revival of tribal culture.