Dalit representative should be a minister: Santosh Hegde

Last Updated: Sunday, April 24, 2011 - 17:51

New Delhi: Amid Uttar Pradesh Chief
Minister Mayawati`s demand for inclusion of a Dalit in the
Lokpal Bill drafting committee, Justice Santosh Hegde said if
someone from the community should be included in the panel,
then it should be one of the Dalit ministers.

"If at all a Dalit is to be included in the panel, it
should be one of the Dalit Ministers from the government," he
told reporters.

His comments came in the backdrop of Mayawati`s demand
for inclusion of a Dalit representative in the Lokpal drafting
committee
Hegde, who is a member of the committee, had yesterday
said, "if you have to have any caste-wise representation, then
this committee can never be constituted."

Another panel member Arvind Kejriwal also said the
government could replace one of the five ministers with a
dalit representative.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, April 24, 2011 - 17:51

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