BSP's Abdul Mannan urged not to shield those who beat dalit workers
- BSP's Abdul Mannan urged not to shield those who beat dalit workers------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- --------- ------To receive updates on mobile, send a SMS "On citizenNews" to 098 7080 7070A Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) office-bearer Ghanshyam rained baton rods on dalit workers on 14 January 2009. Ghanshaym is the husband of Urmila Devi, who is the Gram Pradhan of Gram Panchayat Aira Kake Mau, Block Bharawan, District Hardoi, UP. Ghanshyam is also the BSP Treasurer from the Vidhan Sabha constituency of Minister for Science and Technology in UP Government, Abdul Mannan.The main grievances of these dalit workers was that they had been paid less than what was due to them under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) and their Job Cards were either not given to them or contained arbitrary entries. The dalit workers had come to inspect the NREGS documents in accordance with the right of social audit given under the NREG Act, when they were beaten mercilessly by BSP office-bearer Ghanshyam.The BSP cabinet minister Abdul Mannan is scheduled to visit the same Gram Panchayat of Aira Kake Mau in Bharawan block (Hardoi district, UP) on Saturday, 31 January 2009. If a senior BSP cabinet minister Abdul Mannan will support a person like Ghanshyam who has mercilessly beaten up the dalit workers, then activists will believe that BSP is supporting and protecting the human rights abusers of dalit workers.The people of this region have strongly condemned the increasing criminalization and corruption in politics. The activists of National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM) and Asha Parivar are resolute to challenge this rampant corruption and criminalization of politics from now on.Ironically BSP has been claiming to be championing the cause of dalits. This is a blatant example where a BSP office bearer had been exploiting dalit workers, denying them their due and manhandling them in broad daylight as well. Instead of supporting the dalit workers and advocating for strict action against Ghanshyam, BSP's cabinet minister Abdul Mannan is likely to support Ghanshyam by going to the same gram panchayat and participating in his programmes. Is this the manner in which BSP is going to protect dalit people?We at National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM) and Asha Parivar strongly condemn the violence on dalit workers and demand BSP and Abdul Mannan to stop shielding those who beat dalits.
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