Friday, July 2, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Declare Dalit Muslims SC: Nitish

Declare Dalit Muslims SC: Nitish

Express news service Posted online: Fri Jul 02 2010, 09:24 hrs
Patna : Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday demanded that
the Centre include Dalit Muslims and Dalit Christians in the Scheduled
Castes category. Speaking at the national convention of All-India
Pasmanda Muslim Mehaz (AIPMM) — a forum taking up the cause of poor
Muslims — Nitish said: "Of the 90 Muslim-dominated districts covered
by the Sachar Committee, seven are from Bihar. But save only
Kisanganj, no other Bihar district has got any amenities from the
The Chief Minister said that the Centre is sitting on the
recommendations of the Sachar Committee and Justice Rangnath Mishra
Commission. "We keep sending reminders to Centre but without any
results," said Nitish, adding that discrimination on ground of
religion is not fair.

In Bihar alone, there are about 1 crore OBC Muslims, most of whom can
press claim for Dalit status on basis of their weaker socio-economic

The Muslim conference assumes greater significance in wake of
just-concluded BJP National Executive in Patna, projecting Narendra
Modi at expense of Nitish Kumar's displeasure.


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