BJP’s Dalit MPs Angry, Say PM Did Nothing In Four Years . (Read Letter)
Modi's Response? Copy Rahul Gandhi.
Lucknow: Less than a week after nine people died in protests by Dalit outfits in the BJP-ruled states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the party’s Member of Parliament from West UP’s Nagina constituency, Dr Yashwant Singh, has written to Prime Minister Modi alleging that the U.P. government has been slapping false cases on the educated youths of Jatav community.
The letter, written by a BJP Member of Parliament no less, is a clear indictment of the Yogi Adityanath government that has been in news in recent times for encouraging police highhandedness on the pretext of improving the state’s law and order situation.
This is not the first time Dalit leaders of the BJP have complained to the PM. Modi has received at least six such letters, NDTV’s Hindi website has claimed. Singh wrote two such letters. The rest were written by Udit Raj (North-west Delhi), Savitri Phule (Bahraich), Ashok Kumar Dohre (Etawah MP) and Chhote Lal Kharwar (Robertsganj).
Apparently, the only thing Modi wants to do in response is to copy Rahul Gandhi. He asked his party’s MPs to spend at least two nights in Dalit-dominated villages and “restore” the faith of the community in the BJP.
Chhote Lal Kharwar, a tribal MP, wrote to the Prime Minister recently about how he was thrown out of the office by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath when he was trying to apprise him of the problems faced by his people in his constituency.
Singh, meanwhile, begins the letter he wrote on April 5 by politely reminding the PM that Dalits constitute 23% of UP’s population of which the Jatavs constitute 60-65%. Jatavs are a socially and politically aware community, Singh writes.
On April 2, Singh writes, members of all SC and ST communities took part in a dharna under the banner of the Arakshan Bachao Samiti. But in the Yogi Adityanath-ruled Uttar Pradesh, the state government is targeting the Jatav community by invoking serious legal provisions to file cases against the people of the community, he claims. Singh further says that the government is, in fact, also slapping these cases on educated Jatav youths who did not even take part in the April 2 protest.
Singh appeals Modi to intervene and take necessary steps to address the issue before the party’s image is irrevocably damaged.
In a letter addressed to the PM on April 2, the day of violence over a Supreme Court order “diluting” provisions of the SC-ST Act, Singh had alleged that there is no representation of Dalits in the judiciary, which is why it announces orders that are not in favour of the Dalit community.
“I became an MP because my seat is reserved for SCs,” Singh wrote in the April 2 letter. “Being a Dalit my capabilities have not been put to use. I had requested you (Modi) to introduce a bill on reservations in (government jobs) promotions. Different social organisations come to us day and night making such demands. But your government has not taken a positive step for the welfare of 30 crore Dalits of this country.”
Neither any spokesperson of the BJP nor the PM has cared to reply.