Friday, August 26, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Lalu Prasad leads OBC charge against Lokpal

Lalu Prasad leads OBC charge against Lokpal
Subodh Ghildiyal, TNN | Aug 26, 2011, 04.55AM IST

NEW DELHI: Doubts that Anna Hazare's campaign had failed to enthuse
dalits, backwards and minorities amplified further when their
representatives at the all-party meeting slammed the Lokpal campaign
as exclusivist, with Lalu Prasad obliquely suggesting a BJP-RSS hand
behind it.

With Hazare using Ramlila Maidan mobilization to push Jan Lokpal bill
in Parliament, key dalit, backward and Muslim leaders warned that any
precedent of bowing to such tactics would make interest groups use
crowds to push dangerous demands.

Lalu said BJP patriarch L K Advani and leader of opposition in Lok
Sabha Sushma Swaraj should be asked to go and urge Hazare to break his
fast. The comment, coming at the end of his vehement opposition to the
Lokpal agitation, was seen as showing that Hazare was propped up by
the saffron family, a charge that Congress repeatedly made in the
run-up to the confrontation.

If BJP was sought to be projected as cosy to Hazare camp, the members
of backward classes said legitimizing such protests would set a
dangerous precedent.

LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan said, "These people are destroying the
Constitution, they are anti-reservation." His charge reflected the
apprehension among dalit intellectuals about the agitation, evident in
"save Constitution rally" on Wednesday and a flood of opinion pieces
in newspapers.

According to the anti-Hazare camp, social groups thronging Ramlila
Maidan are anti-quota and would pounce upon the opening that
Constitution's inviolable sections could be tinkered, to push for
rescinding of job reservations.

MIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi raised fears of "mob rule" targeting
Muslims. He said, "They can gather people and seek a terrorist law to
target Muslims. If we set a precedent now, it will bring mob rule."

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