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Paswan questions pro-Dalit credentials of opposition parties including Congress

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

BJP today questioned the pro-credentials of opposition parties including and fired off fourteen questions seeking reply from its

(LJP) also hailed for the quick passage of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities bill) in the Parliament to address concerns of Dalits and tribals.

"I want to ask Rahul Gandhi, he claims himself to be a well wisher of Dalits, but why did his party stand against icon B R when he contested elections twice? Why there was no portrait of in while there were portraits of three members of the Nehru family? Why his party did not award with Bharat Ratna when it was in power while filmstars were awarded?," Paswan asked Gandhi while addressing members from community and party workers here.

Other questions raised by the were, why was not granted constitutional status during rule, and non-construction of memorials where Ambedkar was born, where he lived (in Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur) and where he died.

Congratulating the for the passage of a bill in Parliament to amend the atrocities act, Paswan said, "we were confident that the bill will be passed but were not hoping that it will happen so soon that a Cabinet meeting will be called during Parliament session only and the bill will be subsequently passed by and Rajya Sabha. I want to now ask the opposition parties that why are we called anti-Dalits?"

The Dalit leader also accused of playing "double standards" saying her government had issued a guideline in October 2007 against the misuse of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and said that police should register a case only after probing a complaint made under this law.

Questioning the Paswan said, "when all parties were in favour of a bill for reservation in promotion for Dalits why did SP oppose it then? Like all the opposition parties, they are also anti-Dalits and so is the grand alliance".

The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities amendmennt bill) which overturns the order concerning certain safeguards against arrest under the SC and ST law was passed by the Parliament on Thursday.

The bill which got the nod of on August 6 rules out any provision for anticipatory bail for a person accused of atrocities against SC/STs not withstanding any court order. It also provides that no preliminary enquiry will be required for registering a criminal case and an arrest under this law will not be subject to any approval.

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First Published: Sat, August 11 2018. 16:50 IST