Dalits rally against Anna at India Gate, traffic hit
TNN | Aug 25, 2011, 04.23AM IST
NEW DELHI: A group of about a thousand Dalits on Wednesday gathered at
India Gate and marched to Parliament Street to protest against the Jan
Lokpal bill proposed by Anna Hazare and his team.
The protesters, led by Indian Justice Party president Udit Raj, under
the banner of "Samvidhan Bachao" (Save Constitution), shouted slogans
against Team Anna and said they would not allow anyone to "tinker"
with the Constitution.
The protesters blocked traffic on the India Gate roundabout for half
an hour saying they won't allow anyone to pass till there was some
communication from the Prime Minister. Udit Raj said, "I have been
writing to the Prime Minister to get an appointment but we never got a
chance. On the other hand, ministers in the government go to the
airport to talk to Ramdev and they are negotiating with the Anna team.
We are denied because we are Dalits."
He said they are against the bill on corruption, pointing out that "no
SC/ST member is part of the panel which is not giving any priority to
the minorities." Lashing out at the bill proposed by Anna and his
team, Udit Raj alleged that the Jan Lok Pal bill has been designed in
a manner which would enable it to target Dalit and Muslim officials.
The protest march resulted in long snarls around India Gate. Similar
jams were reported on Ferozeshah Road, Barakhamba Road and all roads
close to Connaught Place and Mandi House.
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