Wednesday, December 15, 2010

[ZESTCaste] PRI polls in sight, Cong dubs BJP ‘anti-Dalit’

PRI polls in sight, Cong dubs BJP 'anti-Dalit'

Express News Service Posted online: Wed Dec 15 2010, 02:04 hrs
Shimla : Even as s the BJP managed an early rapprochement between its
leaders in Kullu district over a controversy about caste-based
remarks, the opposition Congress has caught on to the issue and
decided to campaign against BJP as an "anti-Dalit" party in the
upcoming Panchayati Raj Institution and Urban Local Body elections.
Himachal Pradesh Congress Party President Kaul Singh Thakur today
said, "After the patch-up between complainant Ram Singh, President of
BJP's Kullu District unit, and the accused, state BJP President Khimi
Ram and local leader Dharamveer Dhami, following intervention of Chief
Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, the BJP is trying to brush the issue under
the carpet. The FIRs registered in cases under SC/ST Act for
caste-based harassment cannot be closed down even if the parties reach
a compromise. We demand that the case be handled as per law, and
should be taken to its legal conclusion". Kaul Singh accused the BJP
of political bias and discretion in implementation of laws in cases
involving its own party workers.

Caste case settled: BJP

The state BJP on Tuesday said the issue regarding use of caste-based
remarks among its leaders has now been sorted out.

The party's state spokesperson Ganesh Dutt said the Opposition parties
were trying to stoke the issue to get political mileage.

"The issue was an outcome of misunderstanding between two leaders and
it has been solved at the party level," he said.


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