Fighting to contain the pervasive Dalit discontent against it, BJP suffered another jolt when its MP from Robertsganj reserved constituency in Uttar Pradesh (UP) charged chief minister Yogi Adityanath of having a casteist mindset against Dalits.
The Dalit lawmaker Chhote Lal Kharwar, from the Scheduled Tribe category, has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi complaining against chief minister Yogi Adityanath, saying that he met the chief minister twice, but was “scolded and thrown out”, according to media reports.
PM Modi, who had claimed that his party is the only one that has honoured Dalit icon Ambedkar while others were only playing politics in his name, reportedly assured the MP that action will be taken.
Chhote Lal wrote to PM Modi that he was facing discrimination by the administration in his constituency and his complaints were not being heard by his own party. His letter names Yogi Adityanath, state BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey and another leader, Sunil Bansal.
The BJP MP said he was pained to see that the government and administration were working with a bias against Dalits, reported News 18. “When the genuine demand of a Dalit MP is not being met, what else can one infer,” said Chotelal, he told News 18.
The leader is from the Scheduled Tribe section and recently met UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath at the latter’s office in Lucknow. The MP had sought CM’s intervention in a case of alleged harassment by Forest officials and Sonbhadra district administration in the former’s constituency of Robertsganj, News 18 said.
Chhote Lal said he thought after Adityanath came to power last year, the rampant corruption in the district administration and forest department in the Chandauli district near his constituency would finally come to an end, but he is being falsely accused by a local forest officer of encroaching upon forest land. He said that he also received death threats a number of times but police did not file his complaint. He claimed that he reached out to the SC/ST commission, which found his claims to be true after justice was not given to him by the state government.
The MP also accused the District Magistrate of conspiring with political rivals to trouble him. “If the District Magistrate is openly ignoring a Dalit MP and conspiring with political rivals to trouble me, what else can one think of apart from the government and administration having a casteist approach towards Dalits,” said Chotelal.
The MP has written to PM Modi, explaining his case and demanding justice and is expected to meet senior BJP leaders in Delhi to express his discontent.