Won’t campaign for any party: Una victim

Balu Sarvaiya said Chandrasinh Mahida, general secretary of Gujarat unit of Republican Party of India (Athawale), had asked him to join the event in Delhi.

By: Express News Service | Rajkot | Published:October 25, 2016 3:00 am
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BALU SARVAIYA, head of the Dalit family attacked by gau rakshaks in Una taluka of Gir Somnath district in July, on Monday quashed rumours that he will campaign for BJP or its allies in the run-up to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.

“After I attended an event in Delhi on October 14, people from across Gujarat started asking me why I had agreed to campaign for BJP in Uttar Pradesh… I categorically say that I am not going to campaign for any party,” he told reporters at his house in Mota Samadhiyala village.

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Sarvaiya said Chandrasinh Mahida, general secretary of Gujarat unit of Republican Party of India (Athawale), had asked him to join the event in Delhi. The event was organised by Bharatiya Bauddha Sangh, a Buddhist organisation, to discuss atrocities on Dalits and spread the messages of Lord Budhha and B R Ambedkar.

“I did not speak a word about BJP or RSS at the event. Nor did I hint at supporting them. Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan felicitated me at the event, but he also did not seek support for any political party,” Sarvaiya added.

Mahida also asserted that the event was apolitical. “At the end of the event, Balubhai flagged off Dhamma Rath Yatra in the presence of Ram Vilas Paswan and our national president Ramdas Athawale.

The yatra will cover UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. It is aimed at spreading social awareness among Dalits. It is not a political march,” Mahida said.

Incidentally, RPI (Athawale) has declared to contest the UP polls next year in alliance with BJP.