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[ZESTCaste] Provide reservation to dalits in Lokpal selection panel: Ram Vilas Paswan

3 Sep, 2011, 05.45PM IST, PTI
Provide reservation to dalits in Lokpal selection panel: Ram Vilas Paswan

ALLAHABAD: Lok Janshakti Party president Ram Vilas Paswan today
demanded adequate representation for dalits, minorities and backward
classes in the selection committee that would appoint the Lokpal.

"I will raise the matter at the meeting of Parliamentary Standing
Committee going into the Lokpal issue which is likely to be held on
September 7," he said here.

The Rajya Sabha MP from Bihar is also a member of the Committee.

"My party's stand reflects the concerns of all members of such social
groups," Paswan said.

The former Union Minister is in favour of keeping lower- rung
government officials under the purview of Lokayuktas of respective
states who, he said, should be allowed to function independently of
the Lokpal.

Opposing the idea of bringing lower judiciary under the ambit of the
Lokpal, Paswan said "courts have been accorded the highest status by
our Constitution and nothing should be done which goes against its

"Former RSS ideologue Govindacharya and leaders of the Vishwa Hindu
Parishad have themselves been claiming that the crowd that had
gathered at the Ram Lila Maidan comprised Sangh Parivar volunteers,"
he said when asked about the character of Hazare's anti-graft

However, Paswan added he was not trying to say that the entire
movement was sponsored by the Sangh Parivar.

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