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[ZESTCaste] Not against Anna, want representation in Lokpal: Dalit group

Posted on 26th August 2011No Responses
Not against Anna, want representation in Lokpal: Dalit group

New Delhi, Aug 26 (IANS) Two days after they took out an anti-Jan
Lokpal bill rally, the Dalit group leading the protest Friday
clarified that they were not against Anna Hazare and only wanted
representation in the Lokpal.

In a press-conference here, chairman of All India Confederation of
SC/ST Organizations Udit Raj said the rally was not against Anna

'There are misgivings that the rally of 24th August was against Anna
Hazare's campaign, but that is not true,' Raj said here.

'From our rally it was asked to those who crafted the Jan Lokpal Bill
why did they not include corporate houses, media and NGOs? Annaji was
asked why he kept silent when north Indians in Maharashtra and Muslims
in Gujarat were targeted and brutalized? He was also asked to express
his views on reservation for Dalits,' he added.

The group also presented its own version of the anti-graft bill, the
Bahujan Lokpal bill and demanded representation for all groups and
society in the Lokpal.

'In the Lokpal committee, the representation of Dalits, backward
castes and minorities should be there, as it is in the government
services,' Raj said.

'Our society is not only caste ridden but at the same time it is
multicultural and religious also. So the representation of each major
community should be taken care of. The corruption is more social in
nature than political, therefore, without addressing it, there is no
possibility to weed it out,' he said.

The group also demanded inclusion of corporate houses, NGOs and the
media in the ambit of the bill.


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