Parkash Singh Badal rewards Dalit politicos with three cabinet berths
By Vikas Kahol
PUBLISHED: 21:53 GMT, 15 March 2012 | UPDATED: 21:53 GMT, 15 March 2012
After the SAD-BJP alliance's successful social engineering which
helped it bag 24 of the 34 reserved seats in Punjab, the newly elected
Punjab government has rewarded the Dalit representatives with cabinet
Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has inducted three Dalit leaders.
The last cabinet had only one Dalit representative.
Among those inducted are BJP leader Bhagat Chunni Lal, Swaran Singh
Phillaur and Gulzar Singh Ranike both from the SAD. Akali Dal sources
said the ruling alliance has succeeded in making inroads into the
Dalit bastions in the state.
'The Dalits deserved due representation in the cabinet,' a minister said.
The sources said election results indicate that the Dalits are
asserting their identity in the state and were responsible for the
defeat of the Congress.
Paramjit Singh Kainth, president of Chamar Mahan Sabha, a Dalit
organisation, said the Dalit vote bank slipped away from Congress
since the party did not promote the second line of leadership among
'The political parties can't ignore Dalits who behave in a different
manner in Punjab than in Uttar Pradesh,' said Dr Pramod Kumar, who
heads the Institute of Development Communication in Chandigarh.
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