Monday, April 11, 2011

Paswan Demands Dalit In Joint Drafting Panel

Nagpur  : Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan on Monday  said a Dalit should have been in the committee constituted to draft the Lokpal Bill.

“One Dalit activist or leader could have been accommodated in the five-member representation from the civil society in the committee constituted for Lokpal Bill when social activist Anna Hazare launched an agitation in New Delhi,” he told reporters here.

In a veiled attack on yoga guru Baba Ramdev, he said some undesirable persons had shared the stage with Hazare.Paswan said that noted social reformer Mahatma Jyotirao Phule should be conferred with the Bharat Ratna award.

In a separate briefing, Republican Party of India president Ramdas Athawale too lamented that a Dalit had not found a place panel to draft the Lokpal Bill.

Athawale said his party workers are against forging an alliance with both Congress and NCP during the elections for 10 municipal corporations in Maharashtra next year. PTI


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