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'Political parties using Dalit card with eye on votebank'

The Chamar Mahan Sabha on Friday ridiculed both the Akali-BJP combine and the Opposition Congress for using the Scheduled Castes card in the state assembly in an attempt to woo the Dalit votebank.

punjab Updated: Mar 15, 2013 20:14 IST
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The Chamar Mahan Sabha on Friday ridiculed both the Akali-BJP combine and the Opposition Congress for using the Scheduled Castes card in the state assembly in an attempt to woo the Dalit votebank.


“The Akali Dal-BJP combine is trying to divert the attention of the SC community by raising non-issues. The real issue is the non-release of the budget allocation of Rs 4,039 crore for the SC sub-plan meant for various welfare schemes for the community,” sabha president Paramjit Singh Kainth said.

“Even the Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes is giving useless statements despite the fact that the UT doesn't fall under its jurisdiction. The union territory comes under the purview of National Scheduled Castes Commission. The Punjab SC commission should be worried about the thousands of unattended cases related to atrocities on SCs in the state,” said Kainth in context of the SC panel issuing a notice to the UT administration in connection with cop assault case.

“The government should focus on releasing Rs 4,039 crores meant for the SC community instead of indulging in dirty politics,” the Sabha president said.

The sabha leaders also criticised the Congress for raking up the 'SC angle' with regard to beating up of a Taran Taran girl by the police.