Punjab Congress Legislature Party chief Chanarnjit Singh Channi visited renowned religious Dera Sach Khand Ballan on Sunday sought the blessings of its chief Baba Sant Niranjan Das.
The dera is said to have a huge following in Doaba and other parts of Punjab. Niranjan Das had earlier survived an attack in 2009 in Vienna (Austria) in which his deputy was killed.
When asked about the possibility of forming an alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Channi said that the BSP should not get more than one-third of the reserved assembly seats as the Congress too had a number of Dalit leaders, who need to be given the chance to compete.
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Attacking the BJP and AAP, he said that these were anti-Dalit and anti-minority parties. He said that the AAP is against reservation on the basis of caste and that its leaders have been giving stataments that reservation should be on the basis of economically backwardness instead.
On his maiden visit to Jalandhar he also addressed the local Congress workers.
He also pointed out that in Punjab, the state with the highest percentage of Dalits, policies should be so tuned that these deprived sections get all the opportunity for socio-economic elevation at every level.
Channi also assured to end the contract system of recruitment in jobs if voted to power in 2017.
He said the contract and outsourcing system of recruitment actually gives away the reservation quota system which is the right of Dalits.
Channi, attacking the SAD-BJP government in Punjab, said atrocities against Dalits have increased manifold and that the government was just a mute spectator.
He demanded that compensation to family of farmers who commit suicide should be increased to Rs 5 lakh from Rs 3 lakh.