Tuesday, February 22, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Paswan flays Nitish for dividing dalits in Bihar



Paswan flays Nitish for dividing dalits in Bihar

Agencies Posted online: Mon Feb 21 2011, 20:47 hrs
Patna : Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) today accused Bihar Chief Minister
Nitish Kumar of dividing dalits for "electoral interests" and appealed
to the community to "stick as a group".

"The ruling NDA sought to create a wedge among the dalits by carving
out mahadalits in a strategic move to weaken their unity," LJP
president Ram Vilas Paswan said at a function to mark the 634th birth
anniversary of noted dalit icon Sant Ravidas.

Claiming that there has been no improvement in the socio-economic and
political condition of the mahadalits since they got a distinct
identity a few years ago, Paswan said NDA government's intention was
always malafide.

If dalits want to fulfill their political aspirations, it is prudent
for them to close their ranks and stick together as one group, he said
in the context of a dalit leader vying for the post of the prime

Paswan said it was consolidation of the dalit votes that catapulted
the BSP President Mayawati as the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister
following a decisive victory in 2007 Assembly polls.

If the dalits of Bihar wanted to enjoy political powers in Bihar, they
have no alternative to rally behind a dalit leader, the LJP President

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