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Bhopal: Kamal Nath, Rakesh Singh shown black flags over SC/ST Act

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Bhopal: BJP as well as Congress both are facing the heat generated over SC/ST Act review. Black flags were shown to Congress state president Kamal Nath in Ganjbasoda and the BJP state president Rakesh Singh in Sagar on Sunday.

Over a dozen of politicians across two rival parties had in past faced opposition from people of unreserved category opposing Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. They are accusing two national parties of jeopardising their constitutional rights.

A few people registered their protests against the Act by waving black flag at Nath, who had gone to the town to address a public meeting. Similarly, Rakesh Singh, on reaching Motinagar area in Sagar was shown black flags. Later police detained the protestors. GAD minister Lal Singh Araya had to cancel his tour to Bhind following the protest on the issue on Sunday.


Earlier, BJP national vice president Prabhat Jha in Morena and Congress leader and member of parliament from Guna, Jyotiraditya Scindia had to face tough resistance over the issue.  MP Sudhir Gupta, health minister Rustam Singh, and many others have faced similar opposition.

In Gwalior, protestors had gathered at the house of Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar and raised slogans against the Act. MP SC/ST government employees association (AJJAKS) said that Samanya Pichada evam alpshankyak varg adikari kramchari sangh (SPAAKS) were sponsoring these protests to spread disharmony in the state.

AJJAKS state spokesperson Vijay Shankar said that SPAAKS want to contest elections in the state and for this they are challenging constitutional arrangements. Protest and showing black flag are the part of the organisation to lure the people towards their organisation and grab votes for their candidates, claimed Shankar.

SPAAKS convenor Heeralal Trivedi denied the charges that its members were involved in the agitation. “We are going to submit a memorandum against the black rule passed by the Union Government. People are asking us to participate and also contacting us after the agitation”.