"So now 'Dalits' and 'Backwards' are not Nationalists Modiji?," the Congress Vice President said on Twitter.

The Congress Vice President was reacting to the Prime Minister's remarks at the BJP Core group meeting on Tuesday, where he reportedly said that without diluting the "nationalist" identity of BJP, the party needs to work to woo Dalits and backwards to its fold.

Reports had it that Modi had on Tuesday said that nationalists are with BJP and the party now needs to bring Dalits and backwards into its fold.

BJP is seeking to woo Dalits ahead of crucial Assembly polls in five states early next year, including Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.

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