Pimpri: In a major setback to the BJP in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, corporator from Ravet, Balasaheb Ovhal, has decided to quit the party.
Announcing his decision on Tuesday at a press conference, Ovhal cited the reason as ‘differences with the party ideology’. He also expressed disappointment with BJP over alleged dilution of the Atrocity Act and failure to control atrocities against Dalits in Uttar Pradesh and other states.
He announced his intention to contest Assembly election next year from Pimpri constituency, reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) candidate, but not on BJP’s ticket.
He said, “There has been an increase in the incidence of atrocities against Dalits in many states. There is anger among people about dilution of Prevention of Atrocities Against Scheduled Caste and Tribe law. A sense of insecurity is increasing among a large section of the society.”
Ovhal said the accused in the Bhima-Koregaon riots case are roaming free. “The promotions of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and Dalit employees are on hold. Therefore, there is large-scale dissatisfaction among people. The decision has been taken with respect to the public sentiment,” Ovhal said.
He clarified that although he has resigned from the BJP, he will continue as the corporator. “If the BJP wants, it can take action against me but for now I will continue as corporator,” he said.