Cong doubts Mayawati`s concern for Dalits
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Last Updated: Monday, July 11, 2011, 23:13
New Delhi: Congress on Monday raised doubts over Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's concern for Dalits with party general secretary Digvijay Singh alleging that her government has not honoured the decision not to acquire the lands of Dalits and freedom fighters.

"Despite being a daughter of Dalit, it seems you have not followed the erstwhile Congress government's decision in Uttar Pradesh not to acquire such land," Singh said in a letter to Mayawati.

He said if she had implemented that decision then she would not have given the land of Dalits to influential developers and builders.

Seeking to bring pressure on the issue, he said even now if she wants to implement the decision taken by then Congress government in the state way back in 1985, she should return the land to the Dalits or they should be given land elsewhere.

He hoped that Mayawati would respond to his letter.

Earlier, at a party briefing, Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi hinted at an informal understanding between the ruling BSP in Uttar Pradesh and the BJP in poll-bound state.

BJP and BSP are "speaking the same language" on issues like law and order, corruption and land acquisition in the state, Singhvi told reporters, adding that the "friendship and ties" between them was on for long.


First Published: Monday, July 11, 2011, 23:13

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