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Som Parkash joins General Samaj Manch dharna, invites leaders’ wrath

JALANDHAR: The move by the Phagwara MLA Som Parkash to join a dharna of the General Samaj Manch in the city’s market here on Wednesday did not go down well with the Dalit community that he represents.

Som Parkash joins General Samaj Manch dharna, invites leaders’ wrath

MLA Som Parkash addresses a gathering during the protest by activists of the General Samaj Manch at Gandhi Chowk in Phagwara on Wednesday. Tribune Photo: Malkiat Singh



Deepkamal Kaur

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, April 25

The move by the Phagwara MLA Som Parkash to join a dharna of the General Samaj Manch in the city’s market here on Wednesday did not go down well with the Dalit community that he represents.

Since the beginning of the protests about 10 days ago, Som Parkash has been maintaining, “I am a Dalit first and then a BJP leader.” But his move today invited the wrath of local leaders of all parties who issued statements against him. There had been allegations against him that he and his party had been supporting the Hindu activists, BJP and RSS workers who had been booked by the police.

“By joining the General Samaj Manch protest, Som Parkash proved his loyalties with the BJP and the RSS. There he also raised the issue of my arrest. So, it clearly means that he is using the protests to fuel hatred against me and appease his party leaders,” said Lok Insaaf Party leader Jarnail Nangal, adding, “I really fail to understand the MLA’s double standard. First, he became member of the peace committee, then took out a peace march in the city and at the fag end joined one group and gave speeches when everything was getting settled.”

Even former Congress minister Joginder Mann showed his angst against Som Parkash. “He probably is upset over Jarnail Nangal joining me in giving memorandum to the Chief Minister. The whole meeting was planned by the higher-ups in the state government. He had been called for he was one of the aggrieved members of the community,” he said.

Som Parkash, however, still maintains that he has not taken any sides, “Since I am the area MLA, I represent everyone. I did not go and support anyone. I just went there and told them that we should all make efforts to restore peace in the city.”

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