Dalit panel to issue notice to Tikait

April 15th, 2008 - 2:22 pm ICT by admin  


New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) will issue a notice to farmer leader Mahendra Singh Tikait for his alleged caste laced diatribe against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati. NCSC chairman Buta Singh told IANS that Tikait, who was arrested over the charge and bailed out, would have to reply to the notice.

Tikait, an influential leader of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), had allegedly abused Mayawati at a rally in Bijnor March 30. The BKU enjoys wide support among the farming community in many parts of Uttar Pradesh.

“The notice will be issued today (Tuesday). Tikait will have to clarify his stand on the (charges) in the first information report, which the Bijnor police registered against him for the alleged derogatory remarks against the chief minister,” Buta Singh said.

“If the commission is not satisfied with his written clarification, he will be asked to present himself before the commission,” Buta Singh added.

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