Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan: “I am a misfit in politics”

“I don’t think I will share dais with political parties. But I will certainly move among public and convince them to defeat BJP,” said upcoming Dalit youth leader Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan on Sep 16

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Sunita Shahi

Bhim Army founder Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan on Sunday, September 16 afternoon, has said that he was a misfit in politics. “I don’t find myself fit for politics. I am not going to join any political party,” the upcoming Dalit youth leader of west Uttar Pradesh told reporters in his village Chhutmalpur in Saharanpur district.

“I am a social worker, who has seen and felt atrocities against the Dalits and wants to stop it at any cost. It is with this aim that I want to dethrone the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2019 Lok Sabha elections”, he said.

However the lawyer-turned-social activist added that he didn’t know the future. “I don’t think I will share dais with political parties. But I will certainly move among public and convince them to defeat the BJP, which comes to power by exploiting the name of Lord Ram.”

When asked about his opinion on the Ram temple in Ayodhya, he asked, “How can Ravan know about Ram? I am an atheist and don’t believe in religion. But doing politics in the name of Ram is certainly the worst kind of politics we have ever seen. We need to ask ourselves, whether the Muslims don’t belong to this country. Didn’t they fight for freedom of the country? Can we claim that India is developing without uplifting the Muslims? My fight is against those who negate these questions,” Ravan added.

Chandrashekhar Azad Ravan: “Doing politics in the name of Ram is certainly the worst kind of politics we have ever seen”

He was arrested in June 2017 for inciting violence during a series of Dalit-Rajput clashes in Saharanpur district and later the stringent National Security Act was invoked against him. But for mysterious reasons he was suddenly released in the wee hours of Friday, September 14.

Ravan said besides Uttar Pradesh, his Bhim Army has become popular in those states where atrocities against Dalits were prevalent.

“I still don’t know about the strength of the Bhim Army. Maybe I would be able to say something about it after a few days. But we are certainly present in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra,” he claimed.

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