Dalit Leader Quits JD(U) Over Nitish Govt’s Anti-Dalit Approach
Uday Narayan Chaudhary may join Lalu’s RJD.
1. A senior Janata Dal (United) leader and close aide of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Uday Narayan Chaudhary, quit the party on Wednesday, saying he is hurt by the Nitish government’s anti-Dalit approach.
2. Chaudhary said he spoke to the CM several times about the rise in atrocities on Dalits but Nitish Kumar did nothing about it, an IndiaTV report said.
3. Chaudhary, who’s been JD(U)’s Dalit face in Bihar for many years, said, “I’m no longer associated with the JD(U) in any way. I am hurt over Nitish Kumar-led NDA government’s anti-Dalit approach.”
4. “The government recently stopped scholarship for Dalit students, kept silence over SC/ST Atrocities Act and reservation for Dalits in promotion of their services… the government is also keeping mum over reservation of Dalits in judiciary… the attacks on Dalits too have increased in the State,” Chaudhary was quoted as saying by The Hindu. “But, the party [JD(U)] is promoting only capitalists.”
5. He said Nitish Kumar has also failed to check the rise in crime in the state, referring to the recent Jehanabad molestation case, where eight boys molested a girl and also made a video of the incident.
6. Chaudhary was recently seen in an event organized by ex-BJP leader Yashwant Sinha who quit the party on April 21 alleging that the BJP had got “anti-democratic”.
7. Speculations are rife that Chaudhary may join Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal, India TV said.
8. When Chaudhary was Speaker in Bihar Assembly in 2014 he had helped Nitish succeed Jitan Ram Manjhi after Nitish asked Manjhi to step down from the CM’s post, a News 18 report said.
9. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, Congress and other opposition parties were also at the conclave organised by Yashwant Sinha, which unanimously vowed to fight against ‘anti-people policies’ of the Narendra Modi government, News 18 reported.