Friday, August 26, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Standing Committee may now receive a Bahujan LokPal Bill

Posted on 24 August 2011


Standing Committee may now receive a Bahujan LokPal Bill

Dalit activists want inclusion in the Lok Pal committee, say they do
not back team Anna

Samarth Saran
New Delhi

A "Save the Constitution" rally, led by All India Confederation of
SC/ST Organisations, was held at India Gate, New Delhi

Photos: Soumik Mukherjee

Dalit activists want inclusion in the Lok Pal committee. A "Save the
Constitution" rally was held today at India Gate. Led by All India
Confederation of SC/ST Organisations, Dalit activists protested
against the demands made by the Anna's team terming them as extra
constitutional, undemocratic and alleging that the Jan Lokpal will
take the country from a lesser evil to a bigger one.

While speaking at the venue Udit Raj the National Chairman of the
organisation said that there was no doubt that rampant corruption
existed in the country, however, the fight against it should not
undermine the constitution. "There should not be an attempt to make a
super government over an elected government, corruption is a social
problem rather than a political problem" said Raj.

Raj also announced that he will draft a "Bahujan LokPal Bill" and it
will be sent to the Parliamentary Standing Committee soon. "The Team
Anna claims that the entire country is behind them, however, there is
not even a single representation from the Dailt, backward or minority
community" said Raj. He added their demand is to include a
representative from the Dalit, backward or minority community in the
LokPal committee.

Criticising the Jan LokPal Raj said that it does not include NGO's,
Corporate and Media houses and the corporate houses are the main
source of funding of black money to politicians. "Nobody thinks about
the Dalits, what matters to us is roti, kapda and makan (food,
clothing and house) rather than a Lokpal bill" said Sharad who came
from Sonipat to take part in this protest.

Samarth Saran is a Correspondent with


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