Wednesday, October 27, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Dalits being prevented from voting in Bihar

Dalits being prevented from voting in Bihar

25 October, 2010

By correspondent,

A large number of Dalits of Bochcha and some other assembly
constituencies of Muzaffarpur district were prevented from casting
their votes in the second phase of polling in Bihar.

If the reports coming from the district are to be believed the Dalits
were denied their voting rights both by the supporters of the ruling
Janata Dal (United)-BJP alliance and RJD-LJP combine.

Though a local private television channel is repeatedly highlighting
the news of denial of voting right to about 250 Dalits the authorities
have done little in this regard.

The cases of denial of votes to the Dalits are coming in from places
where homeguards are being deployed instead of the central
para-military forces.

Similar reports are pouring in from Minapur and Gaighat assembly
segments of Muzaffarpur district.

It needs to be recalled that the brother of Veena Devi, the BJP
candidate from Gaighat, Anil Kumar Singh, was caught red-handed while
distributing money to voters late on Tuesday night.

A case of intimidating poll official was also lodged against a Janata
Dal (United) MLA in the first phase of polling on October 21.

Voting percentage in the first few hours are not as high as in the
first phase of polling for 47 seats which took place on October 21.
The Maoists' diktat and denial of votes to Dalits seem to be working
at least in some places.


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