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Athawale appeals to people to not participate in Bharat Bandh

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

of State for Social Justice and Empowerment today appealed to the public to not participate in the August 9 'Bharat Bandh' called by organisations against the ruling on the SC/ST Act.

In a statement issued today, Athawale appealed to the people to maintain peace, harmony and brotherhood in the country.

His appeal comes a day after the passed The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill 2018 to overturn a order concerning certain safeguards against arrest under the law.

Yesterday, The Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill 2017, which grants constitutional status to the for Backward Classes(NCBC), was also passed by the Parliament.

Athawale said the passage of the two bills was a revolutionary step and alleged that the opposition is defaming the government wrongly over this.

He said the government is protecting the rights of the community and is continuously working towards their welfare under the leadership of

groups under the banner of the All India Ambedkar Mahasabha (AIAM) have given a call for 'Bharat Bandh' on Thursday to demand restoration of the provisions of the SC/ST Act which, the Dalit groups allege, were diluted by a ruling of March 20.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 00:25 IST
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