Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan on Sunday met BJP president Amit Shah, seeking an ordinance to restore the original provisions of a law on atrocities against Dalits and called for ensuring reservation in promotion for the community.
June 1 will see the most press conferences — nine such events with Dharmendra Pradhan and Rajyvardhan Rathore along with others.
Stressing on holistic development of Dalits, Paswan said, “The larger concern for Dalits relates to their holistic development. Focus should be to uproot the atrocities against Dalits. They should be provided better education and jobs.”
In a bid to emphasise its seriousness over Dalit issues, the government would knock on the doors of the judiciary to ensure reservation in promotions for scheduled castes and tribes in government jobs.
“Dalits had always been important and the biggest reason for Congress’s defeat was that they cheated Dalits,” said the Lok Janshakti Party chief. The LJP is a BJP ally at the Centre.
When asked whether Dalits would play an important role in the 2019 general election, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said the Dalit vote has always been important and therefore political leaders reach out to the community.
Under National Food Security Act (NFSA), Centre provides highly subsidised foodgrains to over 80 crore people in India. Each person gets 5 kg of foodgrains per month at Rs 1-3 per kg, costing the exchequer about Rs 1.5 lakh crore annually.
Anganwadi is a type of mother and child care centre. They were started by the Indian government in 1985 as part of the integrated child development services programme to combat child hunger and malnutrition.
Union Minister and BJP ally LJP’s chief Ram Vilas Paswan told reporters Tuesday that the government will move the apex court for repeal of its directions which, he said, have halted reservation for these communities in promotion.
According to these guidelines, state and central governments have to verify backwardness and efficiency for employees to be benefitted from reservation in promotion rules, Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said.
Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan also said his Lok Janshakti Party would organise functions at the block level on April 20 to thank Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for extending Mahadalit benefits to the Paswans.
Ram Vilas Paswan said, “Our vote is transferable. The Dalit vote, whether Paswan or Mayawati’s, is not concerned with secularism or communalism, UPA or NDA… But if you attack our self-respect, we will not tolerate it, we are not bonded labourers.”
Ram Vilas Paswan, whose party enjoys considerable support from the Muslim community in his home state of Bihar in the east, said ending ties with the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) was “unthinkable”.
While the Supreme Court order was criticised by Dalit rights groups and even Dalit MPs from BJP as weakening the legislation, the Congress hit out at the government for the inept handling of the case by the Additional Solicitor General.
Ram Vilas Paswan, in his recent comments in Bihar, was critical of some BJP leaders’ alleged communal statements, and had advised the party to take along all sections of society, setting off speculation about his future plans.