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It has set a bad precedent, says RPI

‘Halt eviction of hawkers, street vendors and cobblers’

RPI to organise a rally at Banappa Park on July 1

BANGALORE: The Republican Party of India (RPI) has criticised the State Government for withdrawing criminal cases against Reddy brothers and Sri Ram Sene leader Pramod Mutalik.

RPI’s State unit president M. Venkataswami told presspersons on Wednesday that the BJP Government had set a bad precedent by withdrawing criminal cases against the Reddy brothers, who, he alleged, had looted the natural resources of the State through illegal mining in Bellary.

Similarly, he found fault with the State Government for withdrawing criminal cases against Mr. Mutalik, who was responsible for creating communal discord in society.

Double standards

Mr. Venkataswami felt that the State Government was adopting double standards by withdrawing criminal cases against Reddy brothers and Mr. Mutalik but refused to give relief to Dalits and farmers who faced cases for participating in “pro-people’s movements”.

He accused the Government of treating the poor people shabbily during its recent demolition drive.

“The authorities had barged into their homes without giving them a notice and demolished their dwellings without making any alternative arrangements.”

Mr. Venkataswami called upon the Government to earmark at least 2,000 acres out of 40,000 acres of encroached government land to rehabilitate the poor slum dwellers. He called upon the Government to immediately halt the eviction of hawkers, street vendors and cobblers till alternative arrangements were made to carry out their business.

RPI criticised the Government’s move to hand over the implementation of midday meal programme to religious and corporate bodies.

The Government’s step had led to loss of jobs for several Dalit women, who were employed as cooks in the midday meal programme, Mr. Venkataswami said.

The RPI, Mr. Venkataswami said, would be holding a rally at Banappa Park on July 1, to protest against the Government’s failure on all fronts.

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