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