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BJP reaches out to upper castes, OBCs

22nd Sept., 2018

SC/ST ACT

New Delhi:

Ahead of crucial polls in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan and next year’s mega electoral contest, it is a tightrope walk for BJP over the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, with perceived anger among upper castes and OBCs over the Modi government upturning the Supreme Court order which had diluted some provisions of the law. The saffron party is now busy placating these caste groups, saying it will ensure that they don’t face harassment due to any “misuse” of the SC\ST Act.

‘SC/ST panel chair appointed arbitrarily’

Lucknow: Former UP DGP Brij Lal, who joined the BJP after his retirement, was appointed the State SC/ST Commission chief arbitrarily and without due procedure, an RTI response has revealed. The Right To Information (RTI) was filed by Lucknow-based activist Nutan Thakur. AGENCIES

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