BSP Decides To Hold Village Meetings To Expose BJP's "Anti-Dalit Face"

Arturo Kim
May 7, 2018

Raj's statements comes at a time when Uttar Pradesh cabinet ministers like Suresh Rana, Rajendra Pratap Singh and Anupama Jaiswal have already brought embarrassment to the BJP in the state by making comments which defeats the goal of the outreach program.

BSP men have also been asked to prepare a list of events where the BJP leaders have shown disrespect during their outreach programme by ordering food, crockery or water from outside or any of them making statements which hurt the sentiments of Dalits, he said. "I have no objection if any leader goes to some place for dinner, tea and stay". But is it the solution? Had Dalit youths agitated in Bharat bandh on April 2 because they wanted others to visit their home for feast?

Claiming that the conviction rate in cases of atrocities against Dalits in Bihar is merely 0.36 per cent and non-execution of reservation for them in promotion in government jobs, Manjhi said the community is faced with a constitutional and political crisis. "They may be sitting at a Dalit's house but get food from a restaurant".

Former Bihar chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, who snapped his party's alliance with the BJP in February this year to join the RJD-led alliance, told PTI that NDA governments in the Centre and Bihar have been a disappointment for Dalits for Bihar with the community in the state staring at a crisis.

She has accused the BJP of "totally ignoring" the welfare of Dalits, adivasis, OBCs and upper caste poor and said that organising dinners was putting them in further trouble. "But... The section which is aware and is feeling disgruntled, they say that others (the leaders) visit their areas for dinner to make them feel that they were "neech" (lower caste) and others were "oonch" (upper caste). This is causing a reaction", Raj was quoted as saying.

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"Dalits are angry over the manner in which a mockery is being made out by the Uttar Pradesh ministers visiting villages, taking their own food and water and showing to the world that they are dining in Dalit households", he said, adding that their drama is getting exposed with every passing day.

Pratap said the way Lord Ram blessed Shabari by eating the berries, BJP leaders were also blessing Dalits by dining with them.

An UP ministry talked about her colleagues were suffering mosquito bites in Dalit homes to be sure town receives federal government gains.

However, there are still a few BJP politicians, who are working for the saffron party's "outreach programme" to the minority community.

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