Wednesday, August 24, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalits to launch own version of the Lokpal Bill

Dalits to launch own version of the Lokpal Bill
Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury | Delhi, August 24, 2011 | Updated 09:37 IST

Upping the ante against the Anna Hazare-led civil society, a leading
Dalit organisation has called for a mega rally at India Gate on
Wednesday to protest against his team which, it alleges, is weakening
and challenging the Constitution.

The backward classes and minority communities have already been
complaining that the ongoing movement didn't represent them and the
Jan Lokpal Bill was an attempt to undermine the country's

The Udit Raj-led All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations - with
support from likeminded outfits - is organising the mega rally.
Claiming that the Jan Lokpal Bill was an attempt to create a "super
government" over the elected government, Raj alleged that the media's
activism and middle class' frustration, coupled with the government's
inept handling of the situation, were fuelling Anna's movement.

Raj also announced the decision to launch a "truly representative"
Bahujan Lokpal Bill. "The Dalit/backward or minority communities
together constitute 85 per cent population of the country, but the
Anna-led civil society does not represent them… Yet it is claiming
to be representative of the entire country," the former IRS officer
said, adding that Anna aide Arvind Kejriwal's movement against the
reservation issue was well known.

"There is no doubt that there is corruption, but it is a social issue.
It cannot be tackled unless the issue of casteism is not resolved,"
Raj stressed. Taking a dig at Anna's method of protest, Raj recalled,
"Ambedkar had said in Parliament in 1949 that fast and Satyagraha are
dangerous to the democracy…which is now proving to be correct.

Team Anna's demands are extra-constitutional and undemocratic. The way
the Jan Lokpal Bill is worded, it will destroy the balance among the
Executive, Legislature and Judiciary."


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