Lucknow | January 12, 2006 2:42:15 PM IST
The Indian Justice Party today demanded reservation for Dalits in minority institutions.
Several medical and engineering colleges were being run in the private sector as minority instituitions but Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims were being deprived of opportunities to study there, Party's national president Udit Raj said here.
''Such minority institutions were being run by upper caste Christians and Muslims who were depriving the Dalits within their religion the right to reservation,'' he said.
He alleged that the state of affairs in Uttar Pradesh was even worse as the Samajwadi Party-led government was not doing much to provide employment to Dalits and backward classes in government and private sector. ''The recent recruitment drive in police is not sufficient,'' he added.
He also slammed Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati and Lok Jan Shakti Party Chief Ram Vilas Paswan for not doing much for Dalit reservation in Parliament. ''On most of the occasions, both these leaders maintained silence on the issue in Parliament,'' he added.
He said while in Tamil Nadu there were 236 private engineering and medical colleges, about a hundred of them were being run as minority institutions. Similarly, in Kerala five out of nine medical colleges were being run by minority institutions.
The Justice Party leader also announced a Dalit Mukti Rath Yatra from January 20 to April 9. ''On April 10, we will hold a Dalit sammelan in the state capital to seek justice for Dalits and the downtrodden.''