Patna: Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Assembly Tejashwi Prasad Yadav on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government of conspiring to do away with reservation.
Addressing the gathering at Dakbubgalow roundabout over the all-India strike by Dalit groups against the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, Tejashwi demanded that the Centre promulgate a new ordinance for the law and make the Act more stringent to save the rights of the downtrodden.
The apex court has ruled that sanction of the appointing authority would be required before arrest or prosecution of the accused under the SC/ST Act.
“The BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not want the Dalits and poor people to enjoy their rights,” Tejashwi alleged. “He wants to take away the reservation, but I must say that if there is any danger to the rights of Dalits, the RJD and other political parties of the Grand Alliance will not allow that.”
Accompanied by former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, the young RJD leader said: “We demand a new ordinance should be brought in Parliament and should be put in Schedule Nine of the Indian Constitution. If it would be included in Schedule Nine, there would no need to go to court and the ordinance would be safe.”
He called Modi’s government anti-Dalilt, and alleged that BJP leaders have become blind with power. Dalits, he said, must unite to realise Lalu Prasad ‘s dream of social justice.
“We have to fight for our rights and have to kick them out of power. The government at the Centre is useless,” Tejashwi said.
He raised slogans such as kendra sarkar hosh mein awyo (Centre come to your senses) and Narendra Modi and Nitish Kumar murdabad.
Tejashwi’s elder brother, Tej Pratap Yaadav, also attacked the Centre and alleged that Prime Minister Modi wants to finish off reservation. As long as the RJD is there, no one can infringe on the rights of Dalits, he declared.
He also said that the agitation would continue until a new ordinance is brought for the rights of the SCs and STs.
Courtesy: The Telegraph