BJP gets ultimatum from Ram Vilas Paswan

BJP gets ultimatum from Ram Vilas Paswan

Courtesy : NJ WEB TEAM28/07/2018 07:47

With less than a year to go for the next Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is facing a double trouble in Bihar.
Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan-led Lok Janshakti Party (LJP)the BJP's ally has turned up the heat on the Modi government saying its support to the BJP is issue-based, whereas Dalits in the state have also expressed their anger towards BJP saying now it is the number one enemy of them in Bihar.
Giving the BJP government August 9 ultimatum,the LJP,which has six MPs, has sought a law to restore the stringent measures of an Act on atrocities against Dalits and removal of NGT Chairman A K Goel 
Goel was one of the two top court judges who delivered the verdict and he was appointed the National Green Tribunal chairperson earlier this month immediately after his retirement from the Supreme Court.
The patience of many within the LJP is running thin as circumstances raising concerns of the Dalits and tribals have emerged of late,sai Party MP and Paswan's son Chirag Paswan.
LJP has been demanding for over four months now an ordinance to restore the original provisions of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act but the government has not done so.
The party,was in the UPA before it joined hands with the BJP in 2014, draws its core support from the Dalits in Bihar and has often switched sides between rival alliances ahead of elections.
Meanwhile, various Dalit and tribal groups have called for a'Bharat bandh'on August 10 to press their demands,including restoration of the Act.They have said a Supreme Court order in March weakened the law.
In April, at least two dozen people were killed and hundreds injured in violence across several states during a nationwide bandh called by Dalit groups.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who last year dumped Lalu Yadav re-embrace the BJP, has also reiterated his demand for special status. He has received support from all political parties on the issue.

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