Punia prevented from addressing sanitation employees' meeting
Express News Service Posted online: Sun Nov 28 2010, 06:46 hrs
Lucknow : The chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled
Castes, PL Punia, also a Congress MP, was on Saturday prevented from
addressing a meeting of a Dalit organisation at the Triloki Nath hall
of the Lucknow Nagar Nigam.
Earlier, the Nagar Nigam had given permission to hold the meeting at
the hall to Akhil Bharatiya Swachhkar Mahasabha, an organisation of
In protest, the meeting was held on the road in front of the Lucknow
Nagar Nigam's office.
"The Lucknow Nagar Nigam had earlier given the permission for the
meeting to the organisation which is headed by Shyamlal Pujari, also a
member of the UP Congress Committee. But today, after they cancelled
the permission, we held the meeting outside the office of the Nagar
Nigam," said Punia.
He said it was a serious infringement of Dalits' rights. "The
Commission will take cognisance of the blatant act of the UP
government in denying the permission for holding the meeting and will
seek report from the government. If need be, it will also summon the
government officials," said Punia.
He said: "I am at my wits end to understand why the BSP government
headed by Mayawati gets so panicky by my visit to Lucknow. Ahead of my
visit to Lucknow in the first week of November, the hoardings put up
by my supporters were removed by the Lucknow Nagar Nigam. Later, the
government prevented my press conference at the VVIP guest house and I
had to hold it at the Press Club. Now they have stooped to the level
of preventing my meeting even at the public place."
Additional Municipal Commissioner Rajeshwar Singh, who is also the
spokesman for Municipal Commissioner of Lucknow Nagar Nigam SK Singh,
said, "I have no information as to who gave the permission and and who
Dinesh Sharma, the Mayor of Lucknow, said, "The permission for the
programme to be attended by PL Punia was given on my recommendation. I
will inquire as to under what circumstances the permission was
cancelled at the last moment."
About the meeting the Commission is to hold with the UP government,
Punia said it will be in the third week of December.
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