Lukewarm response to ‘Bharat Bandh’ call in State Capital

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Apr 2018 10:42:12





Staff Reporter

In what could be termed as a lukewarm response to the Bandh call given by dalit organisations, including Congress protesting the alleged dilution of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, markets in most parts of city remained opened throughout. Members of Congress, Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (Jogi) SC,ST, OBC and Minorities Sanyukt Morcha Chhattisgarh, Satnami Samaj, Bahujan Samaj Party, Sarv Samaj Sanyukt Morcha and Aam Admi Party staged massive rallies in all parts but failed make any impact on traders community. Meanwhile, no untoward incident was reported from any part of the capital except some arguments by protesters with traders.

In the beginning it appeared as if the call for bandh was effective, but as the time progressed it was usual business and commercial segments of Capital had hardly showed any impact. Many places like Katora Talaab, Gudhiyari, Malviya Road, Telghani Naka and MG Road, traders looked confused as they had no such information regarding Bandh and were seen involved in heated exchange with protesters as they approached them and demanded for keeping the
shutters of their business establishments down to make the bandh a success.

Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party, which fired-up the issue country-wide, its members were confined to limited areas of state capital during the protest. Workers
of Satnami Samaj Sanyukt Morcha and Sarv Samaj Morcha were seen all over the city taking out rallies and staging public meetings at prominent places.

Meanwhile, Satnami Samaj Sanyukt Morcha, State Head, Munna Kure speaking on dilution of the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act said that there is resentment among the Dalit community. It’s a serious issue because 90 percent of the criminal cases results in the release of the accused and the order would further weaken the law.

Similarly, SC, ST OBC, and Minorities Sanyukt Morcha Chhattisgarh, Chief Coordinator Ramkrishan Jangde said that BJP leaders showed that they are committed towards development of Dalits, but after assuming the power the BJP government failed to take enough measures for the upliftment of various Dalit, SC/ST and Minority communities. ‘The dilution of the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act has come as shocker to community, added Jangde.