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Updated: April 23, 2011 00:33 IST

Mayawati: why no Dalit on Lokpal panel?

Atiq Khan
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Mayawati addresses the media at her official residence in Lucknow on Friday. Photo: PTI/Nand Kumar
Mayawati addresses the media at her official residence in Lucknow on Friday. Photo: PTI/Nand Kumar

Playing the Dalit card, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Friday criticised the Centre, the Congress and civil society for not including any SC member in the Jan Lokpal Bill drafting committee.

At a hurriedly convened press conference here, Ms. Mayawati invoked Dr. Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar and his contribution to the socio-economic uplift of the downtrodden sections to drive home her point. Even after 63 years of independence, was not a single SC member found suitable to be on the drafting panel?

The panel comprises Anna Hazare, Santosh Hegde, Arvind Kejriwal, Shanti Bhushan, Prashant Bhushan (civil society members) and Union Ministers Pranab Mukherjee, P. Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal, M. Veerappa Moily and Salman Khursheed (from the government side).

In a pointed reference to Gandhian Anna Hazare, Ms. Mayawati said he came from a State, which has had a history of struggle for the socio-economic development of the SCs and the STs. Dr. Ambedkar was also from Maharashtra. “Mr. Hazare should have considered these aspects before naming the civil society members.”

The “mistake” should be rectified by including an SC member from a non-political background.

Referring to the controversy surrounding the Bhushans but without naming them, Ms. Mayawati suggested that the panel distance itself from members whose integrity was in doubt.

Jan Lokpal Bill isn't about social representation. It is about creating a governing body, powerful and independent enough to take on the bureaucracy, government bodies and ministers themselves. I don't see where dalit or OBC or any caste or community comes into picture at all. All politicial parties including Mayawati , Mulayam or whatever should stop playing their narrow agendas. I can understand the fear of the political leaders. They haven't let this bill to be passed for 40 yrs now, so now also they will resort to any type of tricks to stall it. We should be vigilant and block all such attempts. Only then we will be able to end the menace of corruption.

from:  Umesh Prasad
Posted on: Apr 25, 2011 at 18:24 IST

There is an urgent need to instill some common sense in these politicians. It seems like the members from civil society have become a punching bag for all the politicians. People like Mayawathi, Amar Singh, Digvijay Singh are the reasons for a strong Jan Lok Pal Bill. The timing of release of CD involving Bhushans is particularly suspicious as it comes at the wake of Govt. heeding to the demands of Anna Hazare. We must come forward and show the same support for members from Civil Society as we did during Anna's fast.

from:  Nikhil
Posted on: Apr 23, 2011 at 19:49 IST

Seems like Mayawati already feeling the heat of Jan Lokpal Bill. Probably she is afraid that she could not spend lavish amounts any more as she did for her statues. Her interest is not Jan Lokpal Bill, but concerned about a member of dalit is not in the panel. People should realize, there are many Mayawatis, many Amar Singhs, many Digvijay Singhs who are more concerned . Soon after Bill becomes an act, all these will be behind the bars. All these culprits may even say there should be a person representing each religion and caste in the country. I don't even wonder, they would come back asking further to include a representative from each state and each district in the panel. All the people of India must be united and support panel until the bill becomes the Act and make sure all these blood suckers will be behind the bars

from:  Nageswara Rao
Posted on: Apr 23, 2011 at 04:09 IST
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