Nashik, Jul 9 (UNI) Padmashree Namdev Dhasal, founder president of Dalit Panther, today stressed the need for all Dalits and upper caste people to come together to remove caste system from society.
''The 22 per cent untouchables and 21 per cent minorities should come and work together. This will make possible the dream of 'social democracy' expected by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. We should remove untouchability from the untouchables themselves. After this, if we can bring together people from the upper castes that are against the caste system, the caste system will be removed surely,'' Mr Dhasal said on the occasion of the 36th Foundation Day celebrations of Dalit Panther here.
He said the Shiv Sena did not work in this regard due to its aim for power. Similarly, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), belonging to 15 per cent creamy layer in the backward classes, does not have anything to do with the 85 per cent ordinary Dalits, he added.
''We would support Sharad Pawar if he is going to become the Prime Minister but for that he has to learn 'Ambedkarism'. We will teach him that,'' Mr Dhasal said.
Nanasaheb Bhalerao, Maharashtra state unit president of the party, presided over the function. A motorcycle rally was also organised on the occasion.
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