Civil rights activists take umbrage at Raje's stance
By Our Special Correspondent
JAIPUR, APRIL 10. Gandhian, Sarvodaya and civil rights organisations of Rajasthan today accused the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Government of adopting an "undemocratic and anti-people" approach leading to continued injustice to Dalits, minorities and marginalised sections. The groups announced launching of a prolonged agitation to bring people's issues to the centre-stage of the State's politics.
The civil rights groups took exception to the refusal by the Chief Minister,
Vasundhara Raje, to meet their representatives ever since she took over
December 2003 and denounced her style of functioning vis-à-vis
issues, instances of injustice and the demand for rights by Dalits and
The civil rights activists joined a dharna staged by the Ekal Nari Shakti
Sangathan - representing single women - here and announced their plan
for a long-drawn-out agitation demanding the resignation of Ms. Raje with
observation that the presence of a "feudal Chief Minister" was
not warranted in the democratic system. "Ms. Raje has no right to
promote feudalism and insult the people by ignoring their real issues,"
said Satyanarain Singh of Nagrik Parishad.
Kavita Srivastava, general secretary of the State
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The activist groups alleged that Ms. Raje had no interest in resolving
issues directly affecting the lives of citizens, and in particular those
to Scheduled Castes and Tribes, minority communities, women and the poor.
Even the noted Sarvodaya leader, Siddharaj Dhaddha, could not get an appointment with the Chief Minister while he wanted to discuss the problems of farmers. "Ms. Raje's attitude of paying no heed to people's problems displays her feudal arrogance. She has a whale of a time for watching movies, going to five-star hotels, attending the functions of the rich and making pleasure trips," Nisha Siddhu of the National Federation of Indian Women said.
The civil rights groups have decided to launch a signature campaign demanding Ms. Raje's immediate resignation and generate awareness among the people for boycotting her programmes during her visits to various districts. A demonstration will be held outside the Assembly here on April 13.