Saturday, April 17, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Paswan demands dismissal of Modi government for ‘failure’ to protect Dalits

Paswan demands dismissal of Modi government for 'failure' to protect Dalits

Press Trust of India Posted online: Saturday , Apr 17, 2010 at 0135 hrs
Ahmedabad : The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) on Friday demanded dismissal
of the Narendra Modi Government for its 'failure' to protect Dalits in
the state, where some Scheduled Caste members were "thrown out of
their own village".
"When we got the reports that 145 Dalit families were treated as
outcast and thrown out of their own village in Gujarat, we could not
believe that such kind of incident was possible in Mahatma Gandhi's
land," said LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan.

"But when we went to Vanthal village in Viramgam taluka of Ahmedabad,
we were surprised. There were locks at all Dalit homes."

"We will be meeting the President on this issue and also request the
Union Government to interfere in the matter. The Modi Government has
been anti-minority, and now it has also started opposing the Dalits,"
he alleged. The Centre should take appropriate action and dismiss the
Gujarat government, he demanded.

The LJP chief said he met Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal who was also
surprised to hear about the incident. "The Governor said this was a
shameful incident and needs to be condemned. She said she would write
to Chief Minister regarding this incident and ask for details," Paswan

"The Governor even said this could be the first incident of its kind
in the country after Independence wherein Dalits were thrown out of
their village," he claimed.

Paswan said he and his party members had visited Vanthal village on
Thursday and reinstated many Dalit families who had fled to Jetpur in
Rajkot following harassment by upper-caste members in the last 11

"Those who have been reinstated are still under fear. They should be
protected and those found guilt of atrocity should be punished as per
the law," he said.

The LJP chief also claimed he has come to know of 26 other villages in
the Viramgam taluka where, according to him, Dalits were being
discriminated and harassed.


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