Dalit scholar joins Congress

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Dalit scholar Kanwal Bharti, who was recently arrested over a Facebook post critical of the Samajwadi Party, has joined the Congress party.

“The situation in Rampur was such that I couldn't fight alone. Under such conditions, I had to take this step. Only the Congress can help me get bail and fight this,” he told The Hindu .

Mr. Bharti, however, contended he had no desire of contesting elections.

“I intend to use this platform to raise voice for Dalits. It was time, I felt, to bring Dalit sahitya (literature) into the political realm,” he said.

Why he picked the Congress, Mr. Bharti said the party “stood by him” during the recent ordeal. –Staff Reporter



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