'Separate electorate necessary to empower Dalits'
KOLAR: Varthur R. Prakash, MLA, has said that the Union and State
governments should consider providing separate electorate for Dalits
and backward classes people as advocated by B.R. Ambedkar in the Poona
"Dalits and backward classes are yet to enjoy political power even six
decades after the Independence. These sections of society can achieve
emancipation only when they get political power," Mr. Prakash said
after inaugurating a function to mark Ambedkar's 120th birth
anniversary, at Arahalli on Sunday.
He suggested that Union Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily and Minister of
State for Railways K.H. Muniyappa, both of whom represent Lok Sabha
constituencies where Dalits and backward classes people form a major
section, to take initiative in this direction. He proposed a movement
to create awareness in this regard.
As only the rich could contest in the present election system, only
the "creamy layer" of Dalits and backward classes would be able to
enjoy political power. Separate electorate was the only solution to
overcome this situation, he added.
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Yuvaka Sangha had organised the programme.
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