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BJP decries resolution bestowing SC status on Dalit Christians

BJP decries resolution bestowing SC status on Dalit Christians

Author: Noor Khan
Publication: Samaylive.com
Date: August 26, 2009
URL: http://www.samaylive.com/news/bjp-decries-resolution-bestowing-sc-status-on-dalit-christians/651134.html

Bharatiya Janata Party has threatened to launch an agitation against the resolution passed in the Andhra assembly which urged the centre to confer Scheduled Caste (SC) status on Dalit Christians across the country.

BJP Andhra Pradesh unit today said that the state government's move was against the constitution.

The state assembly yesterday adopted a resolution moved by Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy requesting the centre to amend the constitution to extend scheduled caste status to Dalit Christians in the country so that they can enjoy the same political rights and socio-economic and educational benefits as other SCs.

Speaking to reporters here, BJP state President and former union minister Bandaru Dattatreya alleged that the ruling Congress government wanted to extend the facilities to those who converted to Christianity.

Dattatreya said Supreme Court had observed in 1986 that the facilities extended under the constitution to SCs could not be extended to those who converted to Christianity.

The move of Y S Rajasekhar Reddy's government would deprive the scheduled caste people from their legitimate rights provided in the constitution. The decision of Y S Rajasekhar Reddy is nothing but a vote bank politics.

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