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Dalit PM from Cong in near future: Anil Shastri

Last Updated: Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 22:25

New Delhi: The day is not far off when a
Dalit would be nominated as Prime Minister by Congress, a
senior party leader said on Sunday.

"Congress has made 4 CMs in different states in past. Day
is not far when it will give a dalit PM, not for votes but for
dalit empowerment," party leader Anil Shastri posted in
popular microblogging site Twitter.

The statement comes in the wake of Mayawati`s claim that
Congress could appoint Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar or Union
Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde as Prime Minister ahead of the UP
Assembly elections.

Earlier, AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh, who is
in-charge of party affairs in Uttar Pradesh, had dismissed
Mayawati`s claim saying that Manmohan Singh would remain as
the Prime Minister.

Shastri, in an another tweet, said, "Mayawati can`t be
the only dalit aspiring to be PM. There are many more
qualified and capable leaders in the Congress."

On the debate over RTI, the Congress leader said there
was a concerted effort from people within the government to
dilute the Act.

"There seems to be a concerted effort by people in govt
to dilute and weaken the RTI which should be resisted by all
right thinking people," he said.

Shastri has expressed his views in the backdrop of Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh`s statement that a `critical look`
must be taken at the RTI Act.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, October 16, 2011 - 22:25

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