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Rahul for adequate representation to Non-Jatavs

Rahul Gandhi met a group of Dalit leaders from Uttar Pradesh and promised to look into their demand for adequate representation to non-Jatav communities.

Updated: Nov 07, 2011, 20:36 PM IST

New Delhi: Rahul Gandhi on Monday met a group of
Dalit leaders from Uttar Pradesh and promised to look into
their demand for adequate representation to non-Jatav
communities, who they alleged were ignored by ruling BSP, in
the party candidates` list for assembly polls.

The Dalit leaders led by a former Congress MP Ram Nihor
Rakesh also requested Gandhi to attend a rally of non-Jatav
Dalits in Lucknow.

Gandhi has given his consent for attending the rally and
date will be fixed according the AICC general secretary`s
convenience, one of the leaders who met Gandhi.

The leaders from the non-Jatav communities had also met
Gandhi when he was interacting with villagers in Jaunpur and
adjoining areas a few days back.

The leaders alleged that non-Jatav Dalits have been
ignored by BSP chief Mayawati, who is Jatav and has been
"promoting her community alone".

Among those who met Gandhi today were Girish Chand, a
party candidate for 2012 assembly elections from Karchana
seat.

The meeting took place at 10 Janpath, Congress President
Sonia Gandhi`s residence where Rahul met another delegation of
Sufi Muslims from Uttar Pradesh, who demanded proper
representation for their community during the Assembly
elections.

The strategy of the Congress is to rope in various
communities of the state by holding direct interaction with
the members and not stitch up alliances with regional parties
claiming to be their representatives, sources said.

Congress, which is soon to announce a tie-up with Ajit
Singh`s RLD, has made it clear that it will not go for
alliance with any other party.

PTI