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Opposition criticises Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s tweet on SC/ST act

Bhopal | Various opposition leaders have criticised the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on his tweet related to the controversial SC/ST act.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday tweeted that the SC/ST act won’t be misused in Madhya Pradesh and no one would be arrested without proper investigation.  When asked about  whether the state government would bring an ordinance in lieu of the central government ordinance, Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, “The interests of all sections of the upper caste, backward classes, Scheduled Castes and tribes will be kept safe and whatever the complaint will come, no one will be arrested only after investigation.”

Dalit leader including BJP’s Udit Raj and RPI’s Ramdas Athavale have asked the Madhya Pradesh CM to take back his statement as it would lead an outrage in the minds of Dalit community.  Speaking to media, BJP MP Udit Raj has asked Chouhan to reconsider his statement. He said,” I am feeling uneasy by the Chief Minister’s statement. On one hand, the government tries to strengthen the law while the Chief Minister dilutes it.  There is again disappointment within the society.”

Union Minister Ramdas Athawle while responding to Chauhan statement said, “Shivraj Singh Chouhan might have given this statement to please the upper caste but he should not say any such thing which should create a sense of fear or insecurity in the dalit community.” Athawale further added that Chouhan should withdraw his statement because the Chief Minister is for both the backward and the backward.

Earlier the Supreme Court had directed that the case can only be registered after proper investigation, However, the Central government issued an ordinance which changed the judgement of the Supreme court. The ordinance stated that a complaint can be lodged without any inquiry on the complaint from the person of SC-ST society and the accused will be jailed for six months.

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