RSS, BJP hold peace meets with Thakurs, Dalits in Saharanpur

Saharanpur clashes: Thirty such meetings were held over the last three days.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published:May 29, 2017 5:31 am
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In the wake of recent caste-related violence in Saharanpur district, the RSS and BJP have been meeting prominent persons from the Thakur and Dalit communities and appealing for solidarity and peace. Sources said the RSS got involved following apprehensions that differences between the two communities could tarnish the ruling BJP’s image. The incidents in the district are considered to be a major law and order challenge for Yogi government.
Earlier, BSP chief Mayawati visited the violence-hit Shabbirpur village and blamed the BJP for stoking tension.On Saturday, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was barred from entering the village.

In the last three days, more than 30 such meetings have taken place in different villages in all seven assembly segments of Saharanpur — Behat, Nakur, Saharanpur Nagar, Saharanpur Dehat, Deoband, Gangoh and Rampur Maniharan.

Shabbirpur village is under Deoband Assembly segment but as the administration has refused permission to any political event here, such “peace meetings” could not be held.

Saharanpur BJP MLA Kunwar Brijesh Singh said there was no political agenda behind these meetings. “Everyone, including the RSS, wants peace. Both Thakurs and Dalits had voted for me. We are not doing votebank politics in favour of any caste as done by other parties. They were the ones who lost elections and are disturbing the atmosphere here,” said Singh who is also secretary of BJP’s western UP regional unit.

“RSS local office-bearers remain present in these peace meetings. Since they are not political faces, their presence gives a message that meetings have no political motive,” said another BJP leader.

Sources said that RSS Prant Pracharak Karmveer Singh and Vibhag Pracharak Pritam Singh had been present during a few of these meetings. “As entry of politicians is prohibited in Shabbirpur village, we are holding these meeting in adjoining villages and other areas of all seven Assembly constituency. After holding a public meeting in Shabbirpur village, BSP chief Mayawati tried to attract Dalits. BJP needs to control that damage,” said a BJP leader.

Saharanpur BJP district president Brijendra Kashyap on Sunday attended one such meeting in Baheri village on Saharanpur Dehat Assembly segment where he was accompanied by RSS’ Khand Karyavah Praveen Kumar.

“Vibhag pracharak Preetam ji has asked to hold such meetings and convince the villagers to ignore rumours, not get mislead by anyone and stay away from conflicts with each other. This is first such meeting in this village,” Praveen Kumar told The Indian Express. Preetam could not be reached for comment.

BJP state spokesperson Chandra Mohan, meanwhile, claimed that the Saharanpur incident has not affected public opinion towards the party as they were not involved in “caste politics” but refused to comment on RSS and BJP “peace meetings”.

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    Swayambodhanand
    May 29, 2017 at 7:03 pm
    Good initiative by RSS and BJP.Hope it works.Progress can take place only when there is peace.
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      KRISHNA KUMAR
      May 29, 2017 at 6:40 pm
      At any cost this type of communal riots should avoid,and should enquire the role of other communities,who were trying to get benifits from these riots
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        Abdul
        May 29, 2017 at 12:41 pm
        This kind of Thakurs against Dalits/OBCs is a thanks giving from RSS/BJP to Thankurs for voting them to power. Now not allowing other political parties to enter the conflict area the ru party is covering up the truth. If no political parties are allowed to enter the village/ area, then how did BJP/RSS got the permission. Is the governor / High court noticing the matter? Why there are no action from HC court against the RSS/BJP organisation and their leaders who visited the place and organised the meetings. This is clearly vote bank politics of sanghis. Inaction from the court and the district administration is clearly shows that they are part of sangh parivar now.
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          Damodar Biswal
          May 29, 2017 at 12:02 pm
          UP Govt. should take no side.Matter should be settled amicably.No political interference.
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            neha
            May 29, 2017 at 11:14 am
            RSS pitted used takhurs against dalits now shedding crocodile tears after strong resistance by dalits
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              Shamsul Islam
              May 29, 2017 at 11:03 am
              Unless RSS/BJP rulers discard their goal of replacing Indian cons ution with M mriti violence against minorities and Dalits will continue.
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                Baiju
                May 29, 2017 at 10:52 am
                "RSS local office-bearers remain present in these peace meetings. Since they are not political faces, their presence gives a message that meetings have no political motive,” And we are all Dumb...
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                  Joseph R Stephen
                  May 29, 2017 at 10:30 am
                  BJP new law and order Katta Panchayats Why ban national leaders of opposition parties from entering ? How come RSS is conducting meetings in as many places? Is there any government, police , courts and civil law?
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