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Nayak Mahasabha demands tickets from Cong, BJP

The Rajasthan Pradesh Nayak Mahasabha has demanded that both the Congress and the BJP allot at least 15 tickets for its candidates in the forthcoming Assembly polls.

india Updated: Nov 06, 2003 15:23 IST

The Rajasthan Pradesh Nayak Mahasabha has demanded that both the Congress and the BJP allot at least 15 tickets for its candidates in the forthcoming Assembly polls.

The 25-lakh strong Nayak community in Rajasthan was a neglected lot in society, its state president Bhanwar Lal told a press conference here.

Nayak tribals, who lived and behaved like heroes in the history, were now ‘neglected and a low profile’ community under the Scheduled Caste category, he said. Lal further added that they were not getting even the minimum benefits of the job reservation with powerful communities going away with most of the benefits.

Demanding shifting of Nayak tribals from the SC to ST category, he said the Nayaks needed a political patronage by any strong party regardless of the BJP or the Congress.

This tribe should be on par with the Garasia and Bheel castes in the ST category, he demanded. He blamed that a few NGOs were misusing the people of this caste for their vested interests, but not even a one per cent of these were getting any importance in society which is dominated by castes like Jats, Rajputs and Meena.

First Published: Nov 06, 2003 15:23 IST