New Delhi, Sep 25 (UNI) Asserting that the interests of the Dalits lay safe in the hands of Congress, the Dalit leaders of the party today here urged the community to stand firmly with the Congress Party at the Centre and in the states to ensure its third consecutive win in the forthcoming Assembly polls in the Capital.
Addressing an SC/ST convention here, held under the chairmanship of the new president of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee J P Agarwal, Congress MLAs called upon Dalits to spread awareness among the community about the programmes and policies adopted by the party for their betterment.
Congress MLA Brahm Pal expressed confidence that the Dalits, in all these years had strongly supported the Congress party. And they would ensure that the party comes back to power in Delhi for a third consecutive term.
Nand Nagri MLA Baljot Singh said the Congress had always worked for the betterment of the Dalits.
''Infact, it has been seen that when Dalits in Capital have been neglected, the Congress has suffered reverses in the state assembly and the Lok Sabha elections, '' he said.
Lamenting the fact that Delhi did not have an SC and ST commission unlike other states, Mr Singh urged MLAs to raise the issue in the Assembly.
Presided over by DPCC SC wing chairman Lal Chand Chandelia and moderated by vice chairman Shivram Singh, Congress leaders like Krishna Tirath, MLA and AICC secretary Jaikishen, MLAs Malaram Gangwal, Charan Singh Khandera, Amrish gautam and Veer Singh Dhingan also addressed the gathering.
DPCC president J P Agarwal said the Dalits were firmly behind the Congress party and with their support, the party would sweep to power for the third time in row in the Assembly polls here next year.
The Dalit community had always supported the Congress party, Mr Agarwal said adding the coming elections would not be any different as Congress was the only party that took good care of the Dalits.
Asserting that the Congress had initiated several steps for betterment of Dalits, MP Krishna Tirath said, the Dalit community would spare no effort in ensuring Congress victory in Assembly polls next year.