With the nearing Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, the caste politics in the state has also geared up following the protests against SC/ST Act and reservations. Now coming openly in public, SC/ST and OBC leaders have requested their communities to abstain from voting for candidates from upper castes in the forthcoming Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections. The appeal was made during a rally organised by the Anya Pichara Varg Aivum Ansuchit Jati Aivum Janjati Sanyukt Morcha at the BHEL Dusshera Maidan on Sunday.
“Our leaders Bahadur Singh Lodhi and Mahendra Singh Patel asked the gathering at the rally not to vote for people from the upper caste as they were opposing the SC/ST Act and reservations provided to SC/STs,” said Vijay Shankar Shravan, spokesperson of the Ansuchit Jati, Janjati Adikari aur Karamchari Sangh (AJJAKS).
The election-bound BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh witnessed protest against SC/ST Act by upper caste organisations against the recent amendments in SC/ST Act passed in the Parliament to restore some of its stringent provisions pertaining to arrest in August. Sapaks who supported the bandh against SC/ST Act in Madhya Pradesh is to contest elections over all the 230 seats in the state.
“We are not against reservation. It is true that the children of the President, MPs, and officers do not need reservation. Such people should not get reservation which is powerful. Only one person should get the benefit once. At the same time, only one per cent of the SC/ST students are benefitting from this,” said the Sapaks convener Hiralal Trivedi.
Dalits are disappointed with the reaction that came from the upper caste society. Upper caste community members held protests against the Supreme Court’s decision of restoration and that is what has irked the SC/ST and OBC community people.