Monday, June 27, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Congress to project its Dalit leaders, score over ally NCP

Congress to project its Dalit leaders, score over ally NCP

Express News Service Posted online: Sun Jun 26 2011, 02:02 hrs
Mumbai : The Congress and the NCP are vying with each other to woo the
Dalit votebank. The Congress is set to project its Dalit leaders to
score over the NCP, which does not have any strong Dalit face.

The Congress has decided to celebrate the birth anniversary of
Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj (who pioneered reservation for backward
classes in 1902 in Kolhapur) on Sunday, when Dalit leaders like
Chandrakant Handore, Varsha Gaikwad and her father Eknath Gaikwad
would take the centrestage. Sources said the Congress, which has two
Buddhist Dalits as Cabinet ministers (Varsha Gaikwad and Nitin Raut),
wanted to score over the NCP.

"We have appointed six panels on issues pertaining to Dalits, which
would come out with reports recommending short term measures, issues
to be taken up with the state and central governments and long term
measures for the welfare of the downtrodden," MPCC president Manikrao
Thakre said.

Thakre said on renaming Dadar railway station as Chaityabhoomi and
expanding the Babasaheb Ambedkar memorial, Chief Minister Prithviraj
Chavan would meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh soon to sort out the
hurdles. Asked whether the Congress would support the NCP charter for
Dalits, he said it would support such demands from any party.

Sources said the NCP was at a disadvantage as it had relied on RPI
leader Ramdas Athawale to garner the Dalit votes for the past two
decades. After his defeat in the 2009 Lok Sabha election, Athawale had
broken ties with the Congress-NCP alliance. In the subsequent Assembly
election, he had formed a Third Front but his party drew a blank.
After the Assembly polls, the Congress-NCP government did not include
any RPI leader in Cabinet. With Athawale joining hands with Sena-BJP,
the ruling parties are now vying with each other to consolidate their
Dalit votebanks.


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