Cong shedding 'crocodile tears' over Dalits: BJP leader
State BJP SC Morcha President D S Veeraiah has charged the Congress party with shedding 'crocodile tears' over Dalits, and said that the party was not interested about the welfare of the oppressed classes. Addressing a meeting of BJP workers at the party office here on Saturday, he said the BJP was not a political party, but a movement. The Congress does not have any concern for the welfare of Dalits, he said and noted that the Congress had allegedly prevented Babu Jagajeevan Ram from becoming the country's premier.
Mr Veeraiah said after the BJP came to power at the Centre, it amended Article 81 and 82 and took steps for filling up backlog vaccancies in government departments and gave promotion to lakhs of Dalit employees.
The government implemented the ''Annapoorna'' scheme and gave essential commodities at very nominal rates. For first time, a five-member committee was appointed to the National SC/ST Commission constituted in 1949. Besides, the government had appointed Mr Dilip Singh Bhuria to prevent atrocities on Dalits and also for bringing reforms in the reservation system. The reservation for SC/ST, backward classes and minorities would continue for another 10 years and this was enabled by the BJP government, he said.
He said the Congress had no moral right to talk about Dalits and challenged them to come out with a statement about their programmes for the overall development of Dalits since 1951.
Rally planned against 'unscientific' reservation policy
The Karnataka State Minorities, Backward Classes and General Category Government Employees' Protection Forum will organise a rally in Bangalore on April 4 against the 'unscientific' reservation policy of the State government.
In a press statement, Forum Convenor M Nagaraj said that due to the 'unscientific' reservation policy of the State government, the SC and ST employees are getting more representation than the prescribed 18 per cent. This defective policy of reservation has hindered the promotional opportunities of the minorities, backward classes and general category employees.
The rally will commence from Jakkarayanakere ground and culminate at the Government Arts and Science College grounds. A memorandum will be submitted to the Governor and chief minister