Feeling neglected by the political parties for decades, a Valmiki Community Organisation has geared up itself to contest Lok Sabha polls in Delhi by fielding their candidates on all the seven constituencies in the national Capital.
Ashok Agyani, convener of the Delhi Democratic Alliance which is formed by a coalition of activists, trade union leaders, and a few civil society groups said that they have announced all seven candidates, one of whom is a sanitation worker.
“Two of the candidates had filed nominations on Thursday while two others filed on Saturday. Seven candidates also include a person who has multiple degrees in education Raj Kumar Dhingiya (East Delhi), besides one of them is from the OBC community and another is a Muslim Mohammad Shahid who will contest from South Delhi, he added.
“Charan Singh, a Valmiki leader has on Saturday filed nomination from North West Delhi constituency and Munna Lal from Chandni Chowk seat. Our candidates from North East Delhi Anil Kumar Yadav and Raj Kumar from East Delhi had filed nominations on Thursday,” he said.
“Deepak Kumar Pihal who is contesting election from West Delhi and Suresh Balbir who is candidate from New Delhi will file nomination on April 22,” said Agyani
Agyani says, Valmiki community forms a sizeable chunk of voters, about 40 lakh or 27 per cent of all downtrodden classes in Delhi, and that is why all parties seek to woo us during elections, be it Congress, BJP or now AAP.
“Our community people are remembered by parties only during elections. No one comes to see our economic condition, or poverty we face at home in raising our family. We were cleaning sewer and garbage centuries ago, we did it during British time, and after over 70 years of Independence, still doing the same,” said Agyani
Agyani, who is a trade union leader, alleged that both major political parties in the country at preset are favouring capitalists and upper caste supremacy.
“No political party talks about dismantling the caste system and bringing in the real democracy that Babasaheb Ambedkar scripted in our Constitution. None of the party have ever come forward with intention to abolish manual scavenging which is still being practiced today,” he rued.