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Mahadalit Issue Hots Up In Bihar Ahead Of Polls

PTI 24 Jan 2010, 22:26:05 PM IST

RJD, Bihar unit President Abdul Bari Siddiqui on Sunday said the Nitish Kumar government had shown disrespect to former Chief Minister Karpoori Thakur by not mentioning his name in a book published by Public relations department.  This despite the department headed by his son Ram Nath Thakur, Siddiqui, a disciple of Thakur, told reporters in Patna. 

He alleged the NDA government had usurped the rights of the dalits and even families belonging to landless upper castes on the issue of construction of houses. 

Distributing a letter issued by the Commissioner, Revenue and Land Reforms, D P Maheshwari on September 20,1999 to all District Magistrates, he said this was done to make available at least four decimel of government land with the landless so that they could construct houses on their own or the government could build the units unde the Indira Awas Yojana. 

And in the absence of government land to be distributed among the landless for building their dwellings, the DMs were asked to submit a detailed a report about the money involved in acquiring the land for distribution among the landless so that they could have a house of their own.  

However, the present NDA government was saying it would provide 3 decimel of land to Mahadalits when the RJD government had already made a provision of four decimel of land not only to the dalits but for the people from upper caste way back in 1999, Siddiqui said. The present dispensation is trying to create a caste divide among the dalits by creating a 'useless' Mahadalit commission, Siddiqui alleged. 

He said the 'disrespect' to former CM and 'messiah of downtrodden' Karpoori Thakur would not be tolerated. PTI