BANGALORE, December 1, 2011
Dalit organisations boycott meeting
Dalit leaders, who boycotted a meeting convened by the Chief Minister,
talking to Home Minister R. Ashok at the Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore
on Wednesday. Photo: K. Gopinathan
The Hindu Dalit leaders, who boycotted a meeting convened by the Chief
Minister, talking to Home Minister R. Ashok at the Vidhana Soudha in
Bangalore on Wednesday. Photo: K. Gopinathan
Representatives of Dalit organisations boycotted a meeting convened by
Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda in Vidhana Soudha on Wednesday to
discuss problems faced by Dalit communities in the State.
Accusing Mr. Gowda of pursuing 'divide and rule' policy, leaders of
various Dalit organisations alleged that some prominent Dalit
organisations had been intentionally not invited to the meeting and
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Republican Party of India (RPI), which
represent Dalits, had been equated with Dalit organisations.
Upset over not inviting Dalit leaders such as Lakshminarayana
Nagavara, Guruprasad Keragodu, V. Nagaraj, D.G. Sagar and N. Giriyappa
for meeting, they said this showed the lack of concern of the BJP
Government towards Dalits.
They set December 5 as the deadline for the Government to "correct its
mistakes" and convene a meeting of representatives of all Dalit
Representatives of Dalit organisations opposed to temporary shifting
of B.R. Ambedkar's statue from the Vidhana Soudha premises to
facilitate Namma Metro work said any attempt in this regard would
result in grave consequences.
Attempts made by Mr. Gowda to assuage the feelings of Dalit leaders
failed to yield results.
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