Dalits to rally for Bahujan Lokpal Bill
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 24, 2011
Dalits, backward castes and minorities came together against Team
Anna's Jan Lokpal Bill on Wednesday. They held a rally from India Gate
that grid-locked peak hour traffic, proposing a Bahujan Lokpal Bill.
"We will draft the Bahujan Lokpal Bill within two to three days and
submit it to the Parliamentary standing committee," Udit Raj, chairman
of the All-India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations, said.
"We want our representative in the lokpal committee as and when it is formed."
"We neither support Team Anna's draft nor the government's draft of
the Lokpal Bill," he said. "While the former will make the lokpal
authoritarian, the government draft is very weak."
Confederation member Indira Athawale said, "This civil society (Team
Anna) comprises people opposing reservation. Moreover, they want to
create a lokpal that would be over and above the Constitution."
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