Cong betrayed Dalits, used as vote bank: BJP SC morcha
Shimla, Nov 14 (PTI) The BJP Scheduled Caste Morcha today accused
Congress of betraying the scheduled castes by scuttling the schemes
for their upliftment and using them as vote banks.
Addressing a press conference after a two day meeting of BJP SC Morcha
here, the All India General Secretary of the Morcha Thavar Chand
Gehlot alleged that Congress had a vested interest in keeping the
Dalits backward and the UPA and Congress governments in the states
diverted the funds earmarked for welfare of the community.
The Congress government in Delhi diverted Rs 765 crore meant for
welfare of Dalits for Common Wealth Games (CWG), which was a cruel
joke with Dalits, while the BJP government had made a special budget
provision for scheduled castes and tribes.
Gehlot cautioned the UPA government against any move to implement the
recommendations of Rang Nath Mishra report to provide reservations for
Muslims and Christians and said that the BJP would oppose reservations
on the basis of religion "tooth and nail".
"Such reservations are against the spirit of constitution and even the
Britishers had not favoured reservations on religious basis and the
BJP has already submitted 5 lakh signature opposing any such ill
conceived more," he added.
"Dalits are moving away from Congress in all states and not feeling
secured due to atrocities committed on them and their swing towards
BJP is making Congress nervous," he said.
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