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Dalits protest in Delhi against NSA slapped on Bhim army leader

NEW DELHI: Dalit leaders from 17 states who gathered here on Tuesday to stage a protest against the atrocities on them and to demand the withdrawal of National Security Act (NSA) slapped on Bhim Army chief Chandra Shekhar and two other community leaders urged dalits to vote against the ruling BJP.

The development comes ahead of the pivotal Gujarat assembly elections when the BJP is already facing a challenge from dalit leaders like Jignesh Mevani and others.

“There is no point in complaining against the party’s attitude towards dalits, tribals and minorities and then going out to vote for BJP during elections. We should not vote for the party that is responsible for a rise in violence against the downtrodden and poor,” All India Federation of Dalit Rights, president Anand Rao, told the gathering at the B R Ambedkar Auditorium at Andhra Bhawan.

Several members of the dalit community who were present at the gathering decided to take steps to build a pressure on the government to withdraw the NSA.

The members of the dalit community will hold a protest on January 5 and will also likely observe a day-long hunger strike to express their solidarity.

Additionally, the members asserted that if the Nsa Slapped on the three leaders is not lifted, dalits across the country will take to the streets.

“We will ensure that none of the SC\ST MPs return to Parliament in 2019 if they are seen to be inactive in getting the NSA on Chandra Shekhar and others lifted,” said Ashok Bharti, dalit activists and coordinator of the conference.

Source : timesofindia

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Dalits protest in Delhi against NSA slapped on Bhim army leader


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