Political Parties Ignore STs in Nominations for Maharashtra Council

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Gadchiroli Chimur, one of the most backward parts of India.

Dr Namdeo Dalluji Usendi, a former legislator from Gadchiroli Chimur, and a few other tribal leaders have written to Sonia Gandhi and other members of the party’s high command in Delhi, that they get representation only when there is a constitutional provision for reservation

Ashok Kumar | Clarion India

MUMBAI — Despite accounting for 9.2 per cent of the population in Maharashtra, the upper house of the state legislature does not have any ST member and political parties are just not interested in ensuring their representation.

“It’s very sad to see that none of the parties have given seats to ST candidates for the Vidhan Sabha in Maharashtra,” Dr Namdeo Dalluji Usendi, a former legislator from Gadchiroli Chimur, one of the most backward parts of India, told Clarion India on Wednesday.

Dr Namdeo Dalluji Usendi, a former legislator from Gadchiroli Chimur

Usendi and a few other tribal leaders from the state have written to Sonia Gandhi and other members of the party’s high command in Delhi, pointing out that they get representation only when there is a constitutional provision for reservation.

“It’s not just the Congress, but even the NCP, the Shiv Sena and the BJP do not give the names of deserving ST candidates for the upper house seats,” he adds.

The situation has not changed over the last 60 years in Maharashtra, bemoans the doctor, who is now a fulltime politician in Gadchiroli. The tribal population in the state adds up to 1.05 crore, but political parties do not nominate them either to the Rajya Sabha or to the legislative council, he adds.

When ST leaders seek nomination of people from their community, they are told that the governor’s nominees are top sports personalities, teachers, writers and other such prominent persons.

“There are many such personalities among the STs in Maharashtra and elsewhere, but parties just ignore them,” points out Usendi. “If you have some STs in the upper house, they will be able to help the government in tackling problems that are rampant in districts like Gadchiroli including malnutrition especially among children and women, poverty and migration.”

Gadchiroli is a tribal district as most of the people are from different tribal communities.

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