Leaders of Dalit Bahujan Front resolved to support the UPA’s decision to divide the State, and fight against suppression of Dalits.

In the State-level emergency meeting held here on August 17 and 18, DBF leaders from Coastal Andhra, Rayalaseema, and Telangana areas decided to agitate against caste discrimination.

The ongoing Samaikyandhra agitation was nothing but to show the supremacy of some upper caste leaders on the lower castes, the leaders said.

Speaking on the occasion, DBF State president K. Vinay Kumar appealed to the people not to trust the agitations being organised.

The Centre should hold a meeting with all political parties and Dalit organisations to discuss on creation of State capital for Andhra state with all facilities, sharing of water, setting up of industries, security for all citizens in Hyderabad and other issues, he said adding that the DBF would meet the A K Antony Committee in this regard.

DBF State secretary M. Bhagya Rao, vice-president M. Jyothi, secretaries P. Shankar and A. Deva Kumar and presidents of district units attended.

Move ‘undemocratic’

Leaders of Allied People’s (SC & ST) Special Representation Counselling Society have raised serious concerns over the plight of SCs and STs in the event of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

At a round-table on “Is Division of the State Constitutional?” leaders of various Dalit organisations termed the UPA Government’s move as ‘undemocratic’.

The Society’s honorary president G. Vijayanand said the right approach to division of a State should have been contrary to what is being done now. The UPA Government should have taken the opinions of majority of the people in the State on bifurcation. But it chose to go ahead and take a unilateral stand which was against the federal fabric of the nation.

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