Karimnagar: Protests by Dalits against BJP candidate for Huzurabad bypoll Eatala Rajender erupted all over the constituency on Tuesday. Upset over the Election Commission of India’s decision to keep the State government’s prestigious Dalit Bandhu scheme under suspension till the by-poll is over, Dalits took to the streets to register their protest against the move across the constituency. They also burnt Rajender’s effigies holding him responsible for the suspension of the scheme.
The protestors took out ‘funeral’ processions and burnt effigies of Rajender in Challur, Valbapur, Veenavanka, Illandakunta, Shayampet, Korapalli, Nagampet, Jammikunta, Kamalapur, Huzurabad and others areas. Zilla Parish Chairperson Kanumalla Vijaya participated in the protest demonstration held in Illandakunta mandal headquarters. Speaking on the occasion, she slammed Rajender for complaining to the EC against the scheme that resulted in its suspension.
Speaking to reporters in Huzurabad, SC Corporation Chairman Banda Srinivas appealed to the Dalits not to worry because the scheme would be implemented after the completion of the election process in Huzurabad. To ensure Dalit empowerment, Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao introduced Dalit Bandhu scheme and deposited Rs 2,000 crore in the account of the District Collector for disbursement to the eligibile beneficiaries, he said, adding that Rs 10 lakh had already been deposited in the bank accounts of 17,000 beneficiaries. While the beneficiaries were preparing to launch their business units, the EC issued orders stalling the implementation of the scheme.
“Scared of defeat in Huzurabad by-poll, BJP leaders lodged a complaint with the EC to stop Dalit Bandhu. How many days can the BJP leaders stop the scheme?” Srinivas questioned, and appealed to the people to teach a befitting lesson to the BJP in the imminent bypoll.
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