Only Congress accorded political status for dalits: Chidambaram
Last Updated: 2010-12-27 01:21:35
Casa Paradiso Sanathnagar
Tirunelveli: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today lamented that
untouchability had not been eradicated even now and maintained that it
was only the Congress party which accorded political status for
Dwelling on the role played by Congress during pre and
post-independence period, he said the architect of Indian Constitution
B R Ambedkar was not a Congress leader at that time but late
Jawaharlal Nehru appointed him as Law Minister and nominated him as
head of the committee for framing the Constitution.
Leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru, Patel and Jinnah had fought for
the country's independence, he said.
Despite efforts of these leaders, the country is still segregated on
caste and religious lines, he said at a public meeting here in which
different associations of SC and ST and backward classes merged with
the Congress party.
Congress when it was in power in Tamil Nadu had made Kakkan, a dalit,
state Home Minister but from 1967 till now when it was out of power no
dalit leader has been given important portfolios, he said, without
naming either DMK or AIADMK.
He said dalit leaders like late K R Narayanan was made President while
late Jagjivan Ram was made Defence Minister and Meira Kumar Lok Sabha
On the UPA government's rule, he said a 8.5 per cent economic growth
had been registered in the past five years. In the next three years,
it would be a nine percentage growth. If this growth is achieved, one
crore more jobs would be created.
A sense of security is a pre-requisite for all. People who feel
insecure such as dalits, muslims or those in North east, central India
and in Kashmir valley where terror outfits backed by Pakistan pose a
threat need redoubled security, he said.
He said the country is grappling with both left wing terrorism in the
form of naxalism and right wing terrorism and as such it is divided
from left to right but did not elaborate. The Congress has stuck to a
middle path but despite this some 'mistakes' had taken place, he said
indirectly referring to the 2G spectrum scam.
But the UPA government had taken action against ministers and
officials who were involved in alleged scandals, he said, adding that
opposition had wantonly stalled Parliamentary proceedings to prevent
crucial Constitutional amendments.
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