Oppn BSP attacks UP govt on atrocities on Dalits



Lucknow: Opposition BSP Friday lashed out at allegedly growing incidents of atrocities, specially on Dalits, in Uttar Pradesh and said that humanity has been put to shame in the four months of the Samajwadi Party government.

"Two riots have already taken place in Pratapgarh and Kosi Kalan, entry of Dalits was banned in temples in Chandauli, Saharanpur, Ghaziabad besides Dalits were trampled under the wheels of tractors in Etawah, the native district of the chief minister", leaders of opposition in the Assembly and Legislative Council Swami Prasad Maurya and Naseemuddin Siddiqui respectively told reporters at a joint press conference here.

There have also been reports of post-mortems being performed on road sides and unclaimed bodies being left in the open and a ruling party MLA catching hold of a police officer by his collar...Yet this government is patting its own back, Siddiqui said.

Citing an example of the government's anti-Dalit sentiment, Maurya said that there is an attempt to flout Centre's guidelines in granting admissions in medical colleges set up by the previous government through the Special Component Plan by which 70 per cent admissions should be ensured to students of the SC\STs.

Warning that BSP would not allow such a flagrant misuse of rules, Maurya said that his party would put the government in the dock if this was not rectified immediately.

Stressing that the Akhilesh Yadav government was best in making U-turns, Siddiqui said that it has also gone back on some of the popular election promises like reservation to minorities as per the ratio of their population.

To a question on the state's urban development minister Azam Khan blaming the central government for denying permission for opening his dream Maulana Mohammand Ali Jauhar University in Rampur, Siddiqui without taking names said that a lots of funds are being raised in its name both in and out of country.

PTI