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Dalits to continue with their plan of Bharat Bandh on August 9

By Vinod

New Delhi, Aug 4: Dalit activists from all across India to continue with their decision to paralyze normal life of the entire country on their scheduled Bharat Band plan on August 9, 2018. Dalit community is pressing for their demands with the Central government. They will also choke the entire Delhi by blocking roads, markets, demonstration and rallies including the Connaught Place area of Delhi to send the message across the governments.

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Chairman of the National Confederation of Dalit Organisations Ashok Bharati told OneIndia that Dalit organizations have been sticking to their plans to organize rallies, dharna and bandh across the country. They also plan to send petitions from the district headquarters to the central government and around two crore post cards will be sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the demands of the community.

On being asked that since the government introduced a bill in Parliament against the decision of the Supreme Court, Bharati said first the government does not have any control over the court so anything may happen and second that the government does not have clarity in its move to generate confidence among Dalits. It is also not providing us the right data about the government moves. So the community is not ready to believe the government. Last bandh by Dalits on April 2 had a major impact.

None of the past commitment of the Centre and state governments have been fulfilled. The government did not release Dalit leader Chandrashekhar and over 20,000 Dalit activists are still languishing in jail and despite commitments made by the Uttar Pradesh chief minister, MP CM, Rajasthan CM none of them have been released. So it is difficult for Dalits to have faith on the government.

On the other hand, the government is trying to cajole the community by bringing a bill to nullify the court decision. However, how far the government will be successful is yet to seen. The government does not want to annoy Dalits when Lok Sabha elections are coming closure by the day.

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