BJP threatens to protest against quota for Dalit Christians

By: Dibin Samuel, Christian Today India

Popular for its exclusivist agenda, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is now threatening to hold anti-Christian meetings in protest of the UPA government's move to extend reservation benefits to Dalit Christians and Muslims.

On the eve of a rally held by National Council of Dalit Christians to urge the amending of para of the Constitution Order 1950, BJP general secretary T C Gehlot accused the Centre of conspiring to usurp the rights of scheduled castes by vying to include converted Dalit Christians and Muslims.

"The Congress-led UPA government is adamant to cover the converted minorities and Christians within the quota fixed for scheduled castes under the Constitution," BJP general secretary T C Gehlot told reporters in Patna.

Gehlot, also a member of the SC Reservation Rights Protection Manch, said the organisation would conduct 'Honour Constitution' functions in every district in the state between November 26, 2009 and January 26, 2010, to protest the recommendations of Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission.

During this period, the Manch threatens to hold protests outside Assemblies, conduct seminars, rallies, debates and discussion programmes against the inclusion of Christians and Muslims in SC fold.

BJP, which espouses the Sangh Parivar's one-sided views, similarly during August threatened to launch an agitation against a resolution passed in the Andhra assembly that urged the Centre to confer SC status on Dalit Christians across the country.

Terming the resolution anti-Constitutional, president of the state unit of the BJP and former Union minister, Bandaru Dattatreya, said Congress government’s move would deprive the Scheduled Castes of their legitimate rights provided in the Constitution.

Meanwhile, Christians and Muslims on Wednesday shouted for 'justice' as they held a rally and submitted a memorandum pleading the extension of rights by amending the 1950 Order.

Mr Salman Kursheed, Minister of Minority Affairs, told a delegation that the Prime Minister's Office had already initiated the process of considering the demands of Dalit Christians and Muslims.



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