Dalits

Temple, idols washed & cleaned after Dalit Chief Minister paid obeisance at a temple in Bihar

September 30, 2014 11:53 PM
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Patna, Sept. 30: A temple in Bihar was apparently cleaned and the idol washed after Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi paid a visit there.  

The temple is located in Madhubani district's Parmeswaristan, 160 km from the state capital Patna.  

Mr Manjhi was handpicked by JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar as his successor in the top job when he stepped down after the assembly poll debacle this May. As a member of one of the most backward castes, Mr Manjhi has committed himself to the welfare and uplift of Mahadalits. 

"I was invited there by the people. But after leaving I was told that the idols in the temple were washed," said Mr Manjhi, who belongs to the Mahadalit or the most backward castes. 
 
"I don't blame them (the people) for this act, because their values are these, not ours. Now I want to complain about this act as it is not a class bias, it is caste bias," he added.
 
The man who tipped him off about the clean-up act was Ramlakhan Ram Raman, a senior cabinet minister, the Chief Minister said. 
 
But Mr Raman, who belongs to the Dalit community, has denied telling the Chief Minister any such thing. "This is not in my knowledge," he categorically told NDTV. 
 
Mr Manjhi was handpicked by JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar as his successor in the top job when he stepped down after the assembly poll debacle this May. As a member of one of the most backward castes, Mr Manjhi has committed himself to the welfare and uplift of Mahadalits. 

Former DCM Sushil Kumar Modi demands action against CM for promoting enmity between two religious groups

PATNA: The controversy over alleged purification of a temple in Bihar's Madhubani district after chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi's visit, raged on with on Tuesday slamming Manjhi for keeping mum on the issue for two months. 

"It is suprising that Manjhi kept quiet on the alleged temple purification incident for months ... he should have taken action against whosoever was responsible for it immediately after," Modi told reporters on the sidelines of 'Janata Durbar' at his official residence here. 

More than chief minister's silence, doubts have surfaced over authenticity of the incident with Manjhi and his minister Ramlakhan Ram making contradictory statements, he said. 

Under the circumstances, it will be in the fitness of things that either the chief minister sack his ministerial colleague for countering his claim, Modi said. 

And otherwise, if Manjhi himself was telling lies then a case should be filed against him under section 153(A) ( promoting enmity between different religious groupson grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc), the former deputy chief minister said. 


Sushil Modi also flayed the chief minister for making various announcements on the issue of development of Bihar and welfare of the people despite the fact that he had only a year left in office. 

"Manjhi keeps making one announcement after another knowing that he is not going to complete these projects nor will he be allowed to do anything worthwhile by his predecessor Nitish Kumar who has cast a vice-like grip over his successor and remote controls him," he said. 

Modi also reminded Nitish Kumar of a letter written to him seeking clarification on the latter's role in the alleged medicine purchase scam by the Bihar Medical Services and Infrastructure Corporation Ltd (BMSICL) and said that if the former chief minister failed to reply by October 10 next, it will be deemed that the charges of his involvement in the said scam was true. 

 

 

 

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