Buta feels insulted by Maya, but says action against Tikait soon

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New Delhi, Apr 4 (UNI) BKU leader Mahendra Singh Tikait will be summoned to the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) soon for his alleged casteist remarks against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, NCSC Chairman Buta Singh announced here today but expressed his ''deep hurt'' over ''the insults heaped on me'' by the BSP supremo's allegation of inaction against him in the case.

''We have asked for the text of Tikait's speech from the Bijnore district Magistrate, and as soon as we receive it, action will follow according to the rules and the BKU leader may be summoned,'' the NCSC Chairman said addressing a press conference along with other Members.

He strongly refuted the allegation of Ms Mayawati that he did not act on the BKU leader's objectionable speech against her at the Bijnore rally, saying that as soon as he came to know about it through the electronic media, he asked for the text of the speech which the district administration had failed to supply him so far.

Mr Singh said he tried to contact Ms Mayawati over the phone thrice after the incident, but was each time insulted by her personal staff. One of them showed ignorance of his name and status and ''wondered whether he was heading some women's commission''.

Even after explaining his status, Ms Mayawati's staff did not connect him to her, said Mr Singh.

Mr Singh also released to the media a copy of the letter the Commission had written to the Chief Minister's office expressing the Chairman's anguish over her allegations that appeared in a news story carried by the Delhi edition of the Indian Express, which read as: ''The CM also lashed out National SC/ST Commission Chairman Buta Singh, saying 'his silence in this case indicates that either he has lost his voice or the Congress' part has gagged his voice.

She demanded his resignation too.'' Mr Singh said it was not the first time that he had been insulted by Ms Mayawati. He alleged that she had not allowed him to meet Kanshiram, whom he described as his old friend, when in 2004, the BSP founder and Mr Singh were in the same hospital.

He also said that though he was a Congressman and will remain so all through his life, he forgets all party affiliations when acting as Chairman NCSC.

''I am not going to answer to Ms Maywati's allegations, as it would be unbecoming of me. I will act as per the mandate and rules of the Commission,'' he said.

Mr Singh said, ''I am taking up this issue not because of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, but because it concerns a person belonging to Scheduled castes.'' Member of the Commission Satya Bahin, who also addressed the press conference, said she tried to contact Home Secretary J N Chamber but neither him nor his personal staff got back to her.

The letter addressed to Principal Secretary Shailesh Singh said the NCSC would firm up its response to the news item in due course of time after the facts were made available to him by the state government.


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