PANDEMONIUM PREVAILED at the Dalit-Muslim conference over Indian Justice Party (IJP) president Dr Udit Raj comments praising former Prime Minister VP Singh on Wednesday. As the situation took a turn for worse the police had to intervene to control it.
The function was jointly organised by the People’s Democratic Front, Indian Justice Party and the Ambedkar Samaj Party (ASP). As soon as Udit Raj started lauding VP Singh for implementation of Mandal Commission recommendations the ASP activists got restive and started shouting slogans against the IJP. Members of the two parties also came to blows forcing the police to intervene. While ASP leader Tej Singh walked out of the venue in protest PDF leaders rushed to bring him back. Utter chaos prevailed at the conference, which was aimed at bringing Dalit and Muslims together.
Tej Singh accused Udit Raj of playing into the hands of VP Singh for political gains. Raj, however, refuted the charges. In the din PDF leaders Mufti Abul Irfan, Nihaluddin and others addressed the meeting. Nihaluddin said efforts were being made to bring the two communities together.