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'Naxals cannot mobilise Dalits', Udit Raj on Bhima Koregaon violence

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

and leader today questioned the claim that naxals were behind the violence in Bhima Koregaon, saying it amounted to insulting icon B R Ambedkar's followers gathered there and instead blamed some leaders for vitiating the atmosphore prior to the incident.

Days after the arrested five persons with alleged Maoist links for the Bhima Koegaon violence, said he wondered if naxals are capable of mobilising lakhs of Dalits.

There is frustration and anger in the community that had voted for the BJP with a lot of expectations in 2014, he said, adding the party needs to identify the reasons behind this so that it can make amends before the next Lok Sabha polls in 2019.

He said he had recently met over issues and given his suggestions.

He accused leaders like Sambhaji Bhide and Milind Ekbote of vitiating the atmosphere for weeks prior to the incident.

Large number of Dalits had gathered to commemorate of the East Company had defeated the the Dalits believe that Mahars, a scheduled caste, formed a major part of the company's

The said there could be infiltration by some naxals but to suggest that they were behind the mobilisation of lakhs of Dalits was wrong.

There could be naxal elements but can lakhs of Dalits who had gathered there be naxals or be mobilsed by naxalites?.. It amounts to insulting Ambedkar and Ambedkarites, he said.

Asked if blaming naxals for the violence amounted to insulting Ambedkarites- a term for the followers of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar's principles- he said, Of course.

Naxal elements may be there and a thorough probe should be done, he said.

To a question about perceived anger among the Dalits, Udit Raj, a former IRS who also heads SC/ST Organisations, said the BJP leadership should look into it.

Only those who are accepted by the community as its leader can convey the party's and the government's views to it, he said, adding that a leader empowered by the party but not seen as their representatives by Dalits cannot do the job.

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 16:15 IST