MLC Pandagale has also alleged that the state govt and particularly Home Minister R R Patil have no compassion for Dalits who are regularly being targeted by upper castes

Mumbai: Firing a salvo at NCP national president Sharad Pawar, NCP MLC Ram Pandagale has alleged that Pawar was shielding corrupt ministers. Criticism of Pawar from his own MLC who is also a prominent Dalit leader has caused much embarrassment to the party. Pandagale has also alleged that the state government and particularly Home Minister R R Patil have no compassion for Dalits who are regularly being targeted by upper castes.

Fumed NCP MLC Ram Pandagale: “InMaharashtra, every  minister except R R Patil is corrupt. But Sharad Pawar is shielding them and allowing them to indulge in more corruption,” he blasted.

While reacting to a statement of Ajit Pawar about the land given to BJP chief Nitin Gadkari, Pandagale claimed that the junior Pawar may even sell the State in future. “The land given to Gadkari belonged to farmers. He clears those files very fast which serves his own interest, But while clearing files related to Dalit welfare, he applies cuts to fund meant for Dalits’ development,” he fumed.

Atrocities on Dalits

Pandagale also alleged that the State Government of which his party is a partner, is insensitive to the atrocities committed on Dalits. ” In the last 15 days, Dalits were butchered or crushed. Their religious places were targeted. But the State Government was not taking any step. Home Minister Patil doesn’t care for Dalits. If any upper caste woman is targeted, Patil gets upset but if a Dalit woman is targeted, he does not feel bad,” Pandagale claimed. He also warned of organising a protest march to Mantralaya in December against  growing atrocities on Dalit.  We have presented a charter of demands for welfare of Dalits to NCP two years before, but nothing was done to implement it, he claimed. Apparently, Pandagale is piqued over his removal from the party’s backward cell presidentship.

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