Bookmark Kaumudi Online  Bookmark this site  Editor@Kaumudi  |  Marketing  Print Advt rates  |  Calendar 2018        Go!    
 
 
September 20, Thursday 2018 4:00 AM       

       HEADLINES: Police take pervert home guard into custody                                              Cabinet clears ordinance to make triple talaq penal offence: Law Minister                                              Forces within JNU 'waging war against India', says Sitharaman                                              US-China trade war could last for 20 years: Jack Ma                                              Didn't expect Arjuna this year: Hima Das                                              Kaumudi Facebook
       INDIA Next Article: Maharashtra court issues arrest warrant against AP CM, others in 2010 case  
       Chandrashekhar Azad released from jail
 
         Posted on :17:22:47 Sep 14, 2018
   
A A
       Last edited on:17:22:47 Sep 14, 2018
         Tags: Chandrashekhar AZAD, Dalits
 

NEW DELHI: Hours after being released from jail, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad on Friday said he will ensure that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is routed in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.



Azad was arrested from Himachal Pradesh's Dalhousie in June last year in connection with the May 5 caste violence in which one person was killed and 16 others were injured at Shabbirpur village in Saharanpur.

The Allahabad High Court had granted him bail on November 2, 2017. However, police booked him under the stringent National Security Act days before his release. Under the NSA, he was to be detained till November 1.

"After going through the representation of Chandrashekhar's mother, it has been decided to release him early. He had to be in jail till November 1," a spokesperson of the Uttar Pradesh government's Home Department had said in Lucknow on Thursday.

Azad walked out of the jail at around 2:40 am as hundreds of his supporters wearing blue 'Bhim Army' caps had gathered outside the prison to celebrate his release, the Dalit group's national spokesperson Manjeet Singh Nautiyal said.

Many had thronged his residence and distributed sweets in the neighbourhood while a section of his admirers made a beeline to click a selfie with the Dalit leader.

"The Bhim Army will not buckle under pressure from the government and will fight in a constitutional manner to throw the BJP out of power in the general elections," Azad said.

The Dalit leader claimed that he met several inconsolable youngsters inside the jail who were falsely implicated by the police due to their caste.

He said his stay inside the prison had strengthened his resolve to fight against the alleged atrocities being committed against Dalits.

"It's a very long constitutional fight for our rights. It's time for the real battle. The Bhim Army was faltering in the absence of a leader, but I have returned now," the 31-year-old Dalit leader said, adding that he will not contest elections.

Talking about the treatment meted out to him inside the prison, Azad said he was given "dry rotis" and his family was not allowed to meet him.

All that I went through, I will make sure to return it to the BJP with interest in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, he said, adding that he will not contest the upcoming elections.

He further said the government was playing politics on the SC/ST Act issue and the Dalit community will give a befitting answer to the BJP in the 2019 elections.

"The March 20 Supreme Court judgment diluting the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act was based on the government's views against the law," he said.

"Now, they have passed an amendment bill to restore the original version of the Act. We know what they are trying to do," he added.

Azad, however, denied revealing the Dalit group's plans for the future.

BJP sources in the state said the Bhim Army had played a big part in the win of joint BSP-SP-RLD candidate Tabassum Hasan in the recent Kairana Lok Sabha bypoll.

Azad had written a letter from inside the jail, asking Bhim Army cadres to campaign in support of Hasan and trounce the BJP.

A A
       INDIA
Next Article: Maharashtra court issues arrest warrant against AP CM, others in 2010 case
 
 
INDIA HEADLINES
Forces within JNU 'waging war against India', says Sitharaman  
Cabinet clears ordinance to make triple talaq penal offence: Law Minister  
Army pays tributes to Lance Naik Malik  
Seven-year-old girl raped in Shahdara: Police  
BJP, Congress mock Mamata's foreign visit  
No relief from Centre, states for Nagaland disaster  
Gujarat Assembly pays homage to Vajpayee  
SC stays Patna HC order asking to set up a fresh probe team in Muzaffarpur shelter home case  
Air Tanzania to soon resume direct flights to India  
PM's silence on gangrape unacceptable; shameful govt leaves India's women unprotected: Rahul  
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar admitted to AIIMS  
Court summons Lalu, others as accused in IRCTC money laundering case  
SC notice to Centre on plea seeking ban on 85 pesticides  
Territorial Army soldier shot dead  
BJP's popularity has declined, will be no surprise if it loses 2019 elections: Gehlot  
568 kilo ladoo unveiled on PM's birthday  
New coffee table book chronicles life of PM Modi  
Drug dealer nabbed from Kashmir by Gujarat ATS  
Bengal BJP chief's vehicle attacked in East Midnapore  
Mathura gearing up for 'Chappan Bhog Mahotsava'  
CM Parrikar unwell, Congress stakes claim to form govt in Goa  
BJP works for all castes, communities: Amit Shah  
CBI charge sheet against Mallya likely in a month, bank officials may be included  
20 lakh people join modified JanDhan scheme, total account holders 32.61 cr  
Now a mobile app to check poll code violations  
 
Do you think forced salary challenge is acceptable in the current situation?
yes
 
not
 
don't know
 
 
 
Home Kerala India World Business Sports Sci&Tech Education Automobile CityNews Movies Environment Letters 
© Copyright keralakaumudi Online 2011  |  Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited.
Head Office Address: Kaumudi Buildings, Pettah P.O, Trivandrum - 695024, India.
Online queries talk to Deepu Sasidharan, + 91 98472 38959 or Email deepu[at]kaumudi.com
Customer Service -Advertisement Disclaimer Statement   |  Copyright Policy