BJP to fight for cause of Hindu Dalits
Abhay Singh, TNN 7 December 2009, 02:54am IST
PATNA: The state BJP has decided to go for massive Dalit mobilization
in the state pegging it on the imagined or real fear of the "Hindu
Dalits" that the UPA-II led by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would
grant reservation facility to Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims in
pursuance of the recommendations of the Ranganthn Mishra Commission.
Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, along with BJP state chief Radha Mohan
Singh, did not mince words here on Sunday. The grant of reservation
facility to the Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims would "jeopardise
the interests of Dalits among us (read Hindu segments of society),"
and the BJP, in the situation, would not sit idle, and in fact, oppose
it tooth nail to foil its accomplishment, Modi said.
Modi, whom the lower-rung leaders in the party's kept on referring as
"BJP's CM in the government," made open the stand of his own and that
of the party in this regard in the capacity of chief guest at the
function organized to observe the 54th death anniversary of B R
Ambedkar at Bharatiya Nritya Kala Mandir here.
Former Union minister and the party's Bhagalpur MP Shahnawaz Hussain,
who is the party's `Muslim mascot' at least from Bihar, was also
present on the occasion, but thought it better to apply discretion.
"Nothing can be done that the Constitution does not allow," he said.
Yet, since Babri Masjid was demolished on the same day 17 years ago,
he also used understatement: "I appeal to all of you to see things
with equal eyes. Whatever the caste and religion of people, all should
get justice. I do appreciate efforts being made by the Nitish Kumar
and Sushil Kumar Modi duo here."
It was also decided to hold rallies and demonstrations at the district
headquarters to protest the likely grant of reservation facility to
Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims till January 26.
The speakers lauded the steps taken by the Nitish-Modi duo to
alleviate the lot of Dalits. The steps included the grant of Rs 10,000
to Dalit students who had passed matriculation examination in first
division. Modi said that the move was afoot to improve the atmosphere
of 155 Welfare Hostels in the state. The hostel facility would be
outsourced and separate hostel superintendents would be appointed, he
He debunked the Dalit affection of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad and Lok
Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Ram Vilas Paswan.
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