Mayawati welcomes SC/ST bill passed in LS under pressure
SC/ST Bill passed in LS 'under pressure': Mayawati
BSP president Mayawati today welcomed the passage of The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2018, even while saying that this happened "under pressure" ahead of the elections.
"Though the bill in this regard, brought after a lot of delay with an eye on the coming elections in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan was passed by the Lok Sabha, we hope that it will also be passed by the Rajya Sabha," the BSP president said in a statement.
Without taking names, the BSP leader criticised Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan.
She said one such minister, who forged alliances with different parties in every election, was forced to announce a sit-in to compel the government to act against the dilution of the SC/ST Act by the Supreme Court.
The BSP president said her party has always been in favor of reservation for the poor from the upper castes, Muslims, and other minority groups, and would extend support if the government brings a constitutional amendment bill on this.
It provides that no preliminary inquiry will be required for registering a criminal case and an arrest of a government employee under this law would not be subject to any approval from the appointing authority.
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