BSP to distribute axes among Dalits in Rajasthan
Jaipur: Taking cue from VHP's trident distribution, the Bahujan Samaj Party in Rajasthan said on Jan. 2 that it would give away axes to its workers in the state to strengthen "Dalit power" in society.
"Like VHP distributing
(tridents) and the Congress offering 'lathi' (cane) to its workers, the BSP would not lag behind them and empower people of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes," Suresh Meena, a BSP MLA, told a 'Bahujan Chetna Yatra', which converged after travelling 32 districts of the state since December six.
The BSP would also set up a "vigilance committee" to contain incidents of atrocities on
Dalits by upper caste people, Meena said.
The committee members would go to the affected villages carrying 'gandasa' (axes) in their hands to strictly check such incidents and deal with the situation, he said.
Alleging that over 70,000 posts of SC/STs were vacant in the state services, another BSP MLA Murarai Lal said Dalits were not at all happy with the BJP rule in
"BJP's 40 MLAs belonged to SC/STs but have never taken up this backlog in the assembly session," he said adding, the BSP MLAs would obstruct the budget session, coming up in February next, on this issue."«
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