Shimla (Dec 13): Himachal units of Congress, CPI(M) and BSP have sought the resignation of BJP state president Khimi Ram over alleged casteist remarks he made against Kulu district BJP president Ram Singh Thakur, who lodged an FIR against him under HP SC/ST Atrocity Act on Saturday.
Demanding legal action against Ram, Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee leader Kaul Singh Thakur said that the incident should be condemned as it reflect BJP leader’s anti-Dalit thoughts. Seeking his resignation, Thakur said that the BJP leader should accept morel responsibility offer his resignation. The Congress leader also observed that the incident has deeply hurt the feeling of Dalit Samaj in the state and BJP leader should immediately seek apology from the section.
Thakur demanded prosecution of the BJP leader after registering FIR against him under the legal provisions, terming the issue as quite sensitive. Slamming BJP for taking anti-Dalait stance, he said that it clearly reflects the true nature of party leadership in the state.
CPMM secretariat member Tikender Panwar condemned the state BJP chief for allegedly passing casteist remarks against the own party leader. He said in a separate statement that the BJP leader should immediately be removed from the party top post, Panwar alleged the incident pointed at anti-dalit attitude of the party leadership.
In a separate statement released to media, Bahujan Samaj Party leader Ravi Kumar ‘Dalit’ deeply opposed the misbehaviour of BJP president, terming his action against his own party leader highly discriminatory.
He said that people of this section were deeply hurt after the alleged remarks of Mr. Ram and other party leader. He also sought immediate removal from his post and also demanded to his resignation on moral ground. BSP urged the BJP national President Nitin Gadkari to take immediate action in this regard.
As it has been reported that State Bharati Janta Party President Khimi Ram and another leader of party were booked under SC & ST Atrocity Act 1989 on the complaint of district party office bearer on Saturday.
Khimi Ram and Local BJP leader Dharamvir Dharmani were booked under Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe Atrocity Act 1989 for allegedly using derogatory remark against the caste of complainant local party leader of BJP Ram Singh when state BJP president was finalising tickets for Panchayat Raj Candidates of party at Kullu Friday night, Abhishaik Dhular Superintendent Kullu District said.
The complainant is district BJP president, registered his complaint at Kullu Sadar Police Station on Saturday where FIR has been lodged against Khimi Ram and Dharamvir Dharmani.
Mr Khimi ram was elected party president in February 2010 replacing former president Jai Ram Thakur has been elevated to Cabinet Minister in Prem Kumar Dhumal government.
Dharmvir Dharmani has been remained rebel candidate of BJP during last Assembly Elections recently joined the party fold during Lok Sabha Election supporting policies of Prem Kumar Dhumal government.
The incident of casteist remarks broke out after alleged altercation between the party leaders while deciding the candidates for Panchayati Raj and Urban Bodies elections to be held in end of Dec 2010 and Jan 2011 for which nominations is being underway.