Dalit chronicles (April 21, 2008)

Summary: Congress unfazed by Mayawati’s threat; Rahul’s wooing of Dalit not affecting Mayawati’s support base, argues CNN-IBN; demand for resignation of Adilabad zilla parishad chairperson Reddy over alleged attack on parishad CEO, a Dalit; the Dalit-vote factor crucial to UP by-polls says Financial Express; two Dalits forced to flee village over smoking without permission in Madhya Pradesh’s Biharipura village.

Maya’s rant apart, Rahul marches on
Daily News & Analysis – Mumbai,India
He launched the outreach programme two months ago spending a night with a dalit family in Amethi, and followed it up with a visit to the drought-hit

‘Prince’ Rahul good but Maya is God, say Dalits
CNN-IBN – New Delhi,India
The mood is no different even at Dalit houses where Rahul stopped by to share a meal. The Congress ‘prince’, as Mayawati calls him, spent at least

Dalits seek TRS leader’s suspension
Newindpress – Chennai,Tamil Nadu,India
ADILABAD: THE Dalit leaders demanded suspension of TRS State secretary and former ZP chairperson C Suhasini Reddy from the party for her alleged role in the

BSP upbeat after winning round one as D-factor tussle intensifies
Financial Express – Bombay,India
Even while addressing election rallies during the campaign for the by-elections, Mayawati had lampooned Rahul Gandhi for his new Dalit love, describing it

Dalit beaten up for smoking in front of upper caste villagers
CNN-IBN – New Delhi,India
FORCED TO FLEE: Halki Bai, a Dalit woman, says her husband was mercilessly beaten up by the Thakurs. Arrest warrant against BKU chief for slandering UP CM.

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