With two rallies to protest against Dalit atrocities, you can expect major traffic jams in the island city on Friday afternoon
Led by Ramdas Athawale, the Republican Party of India (RPI) will march from Chaityabhoomi in Dadar to Mantralaya.
Another political party and RPI’s rival the Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (BBP), led by Prakash Ambedkar, will hold a protest march from Byculla to Mantralaya.
The two parties will protest against the failure of the state government in curbing the rise in the atrocities committed against the Dalits, especially the inability of the police in catching the culprits in Javkheda triple murder case.
Athawale, whose party is part of the ruling alliance, said agitation is the only way to get demands met. “Our demands are never fulfilled. We have to agitate, whether we are in power or not,” said Athawale, adding they will also warn the government against delaying the Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar memorial in Indu Mill Compound.
“The rally will focus on the inability of the state government in protecting the Dalits,” said Prakash Ambedkar. He also slammed Athawale, saying it was ironic that a ruling party ally could not get his demand fulfilled by the government. The BBM will be joined by the Communist Party of India (CPI), Peasants and Workers Party (PWP) and other splinter groups.
Asked about the inconvenience that may be caused to people, CPI leader Prakash Reddy said, “It is an excuse given by the government. Our rally is just for a day and will not affect them much. It is the responsibility of the government to ensure smooth traffic movement.”