Nitish is dividing Dalits to rule: Paswan

Written by Press Trust of India | Patna | Updated: Jun 27 2009, 03:45am hrs
LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan on Thursday charged Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with deliberately trying to divide Dalit community for vote bank politics and threatened to launch a state-wide agitation if the state government continued to discriminate against the community.

Referring to the state governments bid to keep Ravidassis and Paswans out of the Mahadalit category, Paswan, whose Dalit Sena spearheaded by his former MP brother Ramchandra Paswan, organised a dharna here, said it reflects a dirty politics aimed at dividing the Dalits to rule the state. He demanded the Nitish Kumar government should make public the recommendations of Mahadalit Commission headed by Vishwanath Rishi and the Extremely Backward Classes Commission report of Udayakant Choudhry.

Paswan also announced that his party would launch a series of agitations against the state government for its alleged failure on all fronts, particularly on issues relating to steps to be taken for uplift of Dalits.

Paswan wondered why the government was not implementing the Bandhopadhyaya Committee report on land reforms and asked that its recommendations be placed in the Assembly.

Paswan announced that a 3-day day national camp of the LJP from August 12 at Bodh Gaya would draw up the political agenda of the party for the next two years. Party activists would launch a Jail Bharo campaign across the state on the issue of Mahadalits and Extremely Backward Castes on July 27 and 28.