Sunday, November 14, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Cong may use Punia to hurt BSP’s Dalit vote bank: Maya

Cong may use Punia to hurt BSP's Dalit vote bank: Maya

Express news service Posted online: Sun Nov 14 2010, 05:30 hrs
Lucknow : UP Chief Minister and BSP national president Mayawati on
Saturday said the newly appointed chairman of National Commission for
Scheduled Castes P L Punia might be used by the Congress as a tool to
hurt her party's Dalit vote bank.
Mayawati also expressed her unhappiness at the fielding of relatives
in the recent Panchayat elections by her party leaders, including BSP

Punia, who is Congress MP from Barabanki, was her principal secretary
in her three previous regimes in 1995, 1997 and 2002.

Addressing the state-level conference of her party functionaries at
BSP headquarters in Lucknow on Saturday, Mayawati accused the Congress
of pumping a large amount of money to ensure Punia's victory from
Barabanki seat in the last Lok Sabha elections, besides absolving him
of Taj Corridor case. She further said the NCSC Chairman Punia is not
empowered to take any direct action in any matter and would waste the
time of government officials in Lucknow and other districts.

Referring to the recent allegations levelled against her government by
Punia, she told the party leaders that the state chief secretary has
already provided all the data related to Dalit issues in the state.
Alerting the party workers against the alleged conspiracy hatched by
the Congress to damage the BSP's vote bank, she said although Punia is
a native of Haryana, he has worked in the state.

Earlier Punia, during his first visit to the state on November 3, had
termed the state government as insensitive towards Dalits. Punia made
it public that the state chief secretary had written five letters to
the NCSC seeking postponement of his visit to the state which was for
reviewing issues related to Dalits.

"The same government that never sends replies to the Commission's
queries on time sent five letters seeking postponement of my visit,"
Punia had then remarked. The state government had pleaded before the
NCSC to postpone Punia's visit to the state in view of the Panchayat
elections. The NCSC has already agreed to hold a meeting with the
state's top officials after December 6. Punia has also planned to
visit every district in UP.

Referring to the violation of her directives in the recent panchayat
elections that saw her party leaders' several relatives as candidates,
Mayawati said BSP has achieved success because of discipline within
the organisation. Although she had announced that she would forgive
all those who did not follow her guidelines, she told the party
workers that she would not tolerate such acts in the future.

She asked the party functionaries to dedicate their energies for the
victory of BPS-supported candidates as chairmen of district boards.
She asked the party coordinators to see that candidates are fielded
unanimously for the post of chairmen of district panchayats. If there
are more than two candidates, the final name would be cleared by a
two-member committee comprising PWD minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui and
Mines Minister Babu Singh Kushwaha, she said.

She also asked her party functionaries to complete the organisational
works like constitution of various committees by the end of November

She also referred to AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi's frequent
visits to Dalit houses. She also asked party leaders not to enroll
goons and mafia elements in the party and weed them out in case they
had entered in the organisation.


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