New Delhi, April 7: A Dalit MP from Uttar Pradesh has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging that the Centre was ignoring Dalits. The missive follows a letter another Dalit MP had written on Friday in which he had alleged that Dalits were being targeted by police, especially in Uttar Pradesh.
Saturday’s letter by Yashwant Singh, an MP from Nagina in UP, said, “Being a Dalit, my capabilities haven’t been put to use. I only became an MP because of reservation…in 4 years, the government has done nothing for the 30 crore Dalits in the country.” Singh’s letter also calls for the Supreme Court to do a rethink on its decision on the SC/ST Act.
Meanwhile, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has strongly refuted charges levelled against his government by another Dalit MP just a day ago. On Friday, MP Ashok Dohre had written to the PM, claiming that following the April 2 violence in the state during the agitation against the “dilution” of the SC/ST Act, Dalits were being targeted. He said that Dalits were hunted down and beaten up mercilessly after the agitation. In his response, Yogi said that his government was acting as per evidence and was following the law of the land, says a report in The Times of India.
“Koi bhed bhav nahin ho raha hai (there is no discrimination),” the Chief Minister is reported to have said in response to Dohre’s charge that there was discrimination against Dalits and public representatives from the community.
Earlier also, an MP from Allahabad had written to the Prime Minister, levelling similar charges against the state chief minister. Tribal MP from Robertsganj, Chote Lal Karwar, had alleged that he had met the CM twice to complain about corruption in the district administration and forest department in Chandauli. However, he alleged that he was “scolded and thrown out”.