PM fails to meet Dalit, Badi reps

Kathmandu, August 29:

Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala could not meet a delegation of the Dalit Citizens Movement (DCM) and the Badi Rights Struggle Committee (BRSC) due to his busy schedule today.

According to the members of the DCM, the secretary at the PM’s residence had fixed an appointment for 9 am today.

“The secretary has asked us to confirm today evening about the next appointment,” said Rem Biswokarma, a DCM member. He added that the agitating Dalit activists and members of the BRSC are fuming over the PM’s “lackadaisical attitude.” The Dalit activists and people from the Badi community gheraoed Koirala’s residence for two hours in the afternoon today as well.

Also today, representatives of both the agitating communities started meeting political leaders.

A six-member delegation led by the president of the BRSC, Uma Devi Badi, met NC central committee member Narahari Acharya at his residence in the evening.

The Constituent Assembly Observation Joint Forum (CAEOF) has demanded that the government hold talks with the DCM, the DRSC and the Republican Dalit Forum.

Welcoming the decision of the Badi women to lead respectful lives by giving up their age-old profession, president of the CAEOF, Laxman Aryal, said the government should consider their demands. “The demand for 20 per cent representation of Dalits in the CA should be met as soon as possible,” a statement issued by Aryal today said.