A day after the Lok Sabha unanimously passed the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2018, BSP chief Mayawati on Tuesday claimed that the Centre had taken the step with an eye on the upcoming Assembly elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and the Lok Sabha elections next year.
The Bill overturns the March 20 safeguards ordered by the Supreme Court against arrests under the SC/ST law.
Welcoming the Bill, the Dalit leader expressed confidence that it would be passed by the Rajya Sabha too.
In a statement, the former UP Chief Minister said the amendment Bill came very late and the losses suffered by members of SC and ST due to that delay could not be compensated.
“Though the Bill in this regard, brought after a lot of delay with an eye on the coming elections in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, was passed by the Lok Sabha, we hope that it will also be passed by the Rajya Sabha,” the BSP president said in the statement.
Mayawati gave credit for the passage of the Bill to pressure built by the SC/ST communities, including BSP workers who participated in the April 2 Bharat Bandh.