Monday, October 17, 2011

[ZESTCaste] 'Dalit PM from Congress will be reality in near future'

16 Oct, 2011, 08.49PM IST, PTI
'Dalit PM from Congress will be reality in near future'

NEW DELHI: The day is not far off when a Dalit would be nominated as
Prime Minister by Congress, a senior party leader said today.

"Congress has made 4 CMs in different states in past. Day is not far
when it will give a dalit PM, not for votes but for dalit
empowerment," party leader Anil Shastri posted in popular
microblogging site Twitter.

The statement comes in the wake of Mayawati's claim that Congress
could appoint Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar or Union Minister Sushil
Kumar Shinde as Prime Minister ahead of the UP Assembly elections.

Earlier, AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh, who is in-charge of
party affairs in Uttar Pradesh, had dismissed Mayawati's claim saying
that Manmohan Singh would remain as the Prime Minister.

Shastri, in an another tweet, said, "Mayawati can't be the only dalit
aspiring to be PM. There are many more qualified and capable leaders
in the Congress."

On the debate over RTI, the Congress leader said there was a concerted
effort from people within the government to dilute the Act.

"There seems to be a concerted effort by people in govt to dilute and
weaken the RTI which should be resisted by all right thinking people,"
he said.

Shastri has expressed his views in the backdrop of Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh's statement that a 'critical look' must be taken at the
RTI Act.

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