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Once a plumber and now an MoS, he is party’s key to Doaba

HOSHIARPUR: Rarely is a firsttime MP who has risen from oblivion given a possibility to be a Union minister of state (MoS), but then Hoshiarpur MP Vijay Sampla’s journey has been anything else but strange. A matriculate who went to paintings as a plumber in Saudi Arabia in 1979 and who returned in 1991, after becoming the partner of his employer there, Sampla is today the BJP’s Dalit face in Punjab and holds the important thing to the birthday party’s prospects in the state’s caste-sensitive Doaba belt .

He and his family joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 1997. The 12 months after, he became the first Dalit sarpanch of his village, Sofi Pind — due to the seat being reserved for the SC group. The birthday party is yet to announce his candidature from Hoshiarpur this 12 months, but Sampla has already opened an place of business in Phagwara.

Sampla is the first Dalit to have served as the Punjab unit president of BJP. His meteoric upward thrust in the saffron birthday party is often credited to the birthday party having a look to realize reputation amongst Dalits, particularly the Ravidassia/Adidharmi group to which Sampla belongs to, in Punjab. While Sampla can have fought and won his maiden Lok Sabha election most effective in 2014, buoyed by means of the Modi wave, his highway to achieving Parliament has been full of serving and building a birthday party which once had little presence in the state.

Being the early life chief of a group marginalised for lengthy, he became the state president of BJP’s SC Morcha in 2000, an entity no longer much common in Punjab on the time.

When Sampla was once made BJP’s Punjab vice-president in 2003, a caste conflict between Jatt Sikhs and Ravidassia/Adidharmis at Talhan village pitch-forked him into prominence. Ge was once quickly appointed as the BJP’s state common secretary after this.

Though he wanted to contest the assembly polls in 2007 and 2012, Sampla was once most effective rewarded with posts in state boards. At his swearing-in as an MoS, the Hoshiarpur had given an example of ways he learnt the adaptation between oppression of Dalits and the need to paintings, and still cites his upward thrust from the roots. “I understand the difficulties of a not unusual guy and development has been at the most sensible of my schedule,” he tells TOI.

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