A day after singer-turned-politician Hans Raj Hans disrupted Congress Dalit Outreach programme in Nayagaon alleging the party didn’t give fair representation to Valmikis, the community came to his support.
They stated that Valmikis along with 38 other Dalit communities in the state have never been given due representation by any political parties expect for a few Dalit families who have been reaping all the benefits.
“Valmiki, Majhabi Sikhs, Bhagat, Ravidasia and other Dalit communities count for around 40 per cent population in Punjab. But tragically, only a few families of one community are being represented in important posts,” said Chandan Grewal, president of Punjab Safai Sewak Federation, which has members in all 145 civic bodies across the state. “We support Hans. He has been fighting not only for Valmikis but also other Dalit communities in the state.”
Claiming that the community will not allow political parties to use them as mere ‘vote banks’, Grewal said, “No one thinks about the upliftment of our community. They just use us and throw us away again to placate during elections.”
“The Community wants its genuine share in the polity of the state and is ready to make any sacrifice to achieve it,” he said, while informing that they are chalking out a programme to raise their voice against the injustice meted out to them.
Allaying any rift with people from the Ravidasia community, Amrit Khosla, president of Doaba Valmiki Sabha said that only want to know why only a few families are considered when it comes to giving tickets or other big posts to Dalits.
Hans said that he acted in the manner he did because Dalit leaders who were speaking at the event were dividing the community further. “My point is Dalits should be united. But these leaders, who are reaping all the benefits from the Congress since decades, have been expressing their greed by showing figures of their population,” he said.