Tuesday, June 1, 2010

[ZESTCaste] CM has anti-dalit attitude



CM has anti-dalit attitude
TNN, Jun 1, 2010, 03.49am IST

AHMEDABAD: Leader of the opposition in the state assembly Shaktisinh
Gohil has alleged that the actions and attitude of chief minister
Narendra Modi are anti-dalit.

Gohil said Modi getting police complaints filed against 12 Congress
Dalit leaders was an example of his attitude towards the community.
Editor of Samajik Samarasta and ex-editor of Sadhana magazine, Kishor
Makwana lodged criminal complaints in metropolitan courts across the
state on Saturday against 12 dalit leaders of the Congress and accused
them of making defamatory statements against Modi as well as the dalit
community. The complainant has claimed that Modi never used derogatory
words for dalit during the book release function on April 26

Gohil, reacting to the complaints, said on Monday that the leaders
against whom the CM has initiated legal action were known for their
commitment to the dalit cause.

"There is growing backlog of posts reserved for dalits in the state
government. Instead of filling these posts, efforts are being made to
cancel them," claimed Gohil.

According to Gohil, records of the last five years showed that
budgetary provisions for dalit-centric projects remained unused.
"Commercialisation of education also has created a situation where
dalits cannot afford education which is dominated by self-financed

He said that the new system in the Gujarat Public Service Commission
where a dalit has to opt for reserved or general category seat, had
resulted in a steep fall in the number of persons from the community
for the exam.

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