Paswan flays Nitish for dividing dalits in Bihar
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Last Updated: Monday, February 21, 2011, 18:49
  
Patna: Hitting out at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for dividing the dalits in various groups for alleged electoral interests, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday appealed for unity among the weaker sections in order to realise their political aspirations.

The ruling NDA sought to create a wedge among the Dalits by carving out mahadalits in a strategic move to weaken their unity, he said at a function to mark the 634th birth anniversary of the noted dalit icon Sant Ravidas.

Claiming that there have been no improvement in socio-economic and political condition of the mahadalits since they got distinct identity a few years ago, Paswan said NDA government's intention in regard was always malafide and bereft of any concern for the weaker sections.

Under the circumstances, it was prudent for the dalits to close their ranks and stick together as one group if they wanted to fulfil their political aspirations, he said in the context of a dalit leader vying for the post of the prime minister of the country.

Paswan said it was consolidation of the dalit votes that catapulted the BSP President Mayawati as the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister following a decisive victory in 2007 assembly polls.

If the dalits of Bihar wanted to enjoy political powers in Bihar, they have no no alternative to rally behind a Dalit leader, the LJP President said.

PTI


First Published: Monday, February 21, 2011, 18:49


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