Campaign seeks BJP MLAs' support for law on Dalit-Adivasi budgetary allocation

Gujarat-based Birsa-Ambedkar Swadhikar Andolan (BASA), set up by Dalit rights activists with the active support of Congress MLA Naushadh Solanki, has begun handing over representation to BJP’s Dalit MLAs, pressing them to impress upon state BJP rulers to pass a law which ensures that the proportion of budgetary allocation and spending for Dalit and Adivasi communities in the state is equal to percentage of their population in Gujarat — 7% and 15% respectively.
While a private member’s bill on this has been introduced in the Gujarat state assembly, BASA activists went to BJP MLA Pradip Parmar’s residence with a representation asking him to see to it that it is passed unanimously. Those who took part in the campaign included large number of Dalit leaders and activists.
On August 20, said a BASA release, it proposes to hand over a similar representation to another Dalit MLA from BJP, Manishaben Vakil. Those who will participate in a rally in Vadodara ahead of the representation, apart from Solanki, are top Dalit rights leaders Martin Macwan and Jignesh Mevani, Adivasi MLAs Anand Chaudhary and Dr Anil Joshiyara, and former Dalit and Adivasi government servants.

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