How Rahul-Smriti's political rivalry proved 'blessing in disguise' for this Dalit boy

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New Delhi, April 20: For this 13-year old poor Dalit boy, political rivalry between Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and HRD Minister Smriti Irani proved big boon for him.

Reportedly, on the order of Rahul Gandhi, Madhya Pradesh Congress workers had been taking care of this Bhopal boy since last three years. But recently Smriti Irani gave an order to state officials, saying that Dalit boy should be admitted to the 6th standard in a Central School.

How political rivalry benefited MP boy

As per IBN-CNN report, HRD Ministry also issued a special order dated April 6, 2016 regarding the same. With the blessing of HRD minister, the Dalit boy whose name is Kaushal Shakya, finally got admission in one of the best Central school of the city.

Kaushal who lives in Gwal Mohalla slums in Bhopal still remembers the time when he met Rahul Gandhi in 2013.

Shakya's meeting with Congress scion was quoted by the website as saying, "I met Rahul Gandhi while selling newspapers. I asked for one rupee, but he gave me a Rs 1000 note and asked me to keep that. I refused, and then he asked me about my schooling. I said I did not go to school as my father is a labourer".

After the meeting, State Congress workers arranged a job of Rs 4,000 monthly for one member of boy's family. This was done so that boy can study without any hassles. But due to some unknown reasons, the dalit boy who was newspaper vendor when he met Rahul Gandhi, dropped out from school.

It is yet not clear, how Smriti Irani came to know about the issue and lent the helping hand to this poor boy, who ultimately got benifitted with the decision.

Meanwhile, Congress has accused BJP of doing revenge politics over the issue. "This is because of her frustration of losing the Lok Sabha election to Rahul Gandhi in Amethi", spokesperson of the MP Congress, K K Mishra said.

However, BJP termed the allegations as baseless. State spokesperson of the BJP, Hitesh Bajpai said that Congress has the culture of mocking Dalits and poor of this country, whether it is Kaushal or Kalavati.

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