Centre yet to name two Anglo-Indians
for Lok Sabha
The Hindu, March 20, 2015
Ten months into its
term, the Modi government is yet to nominate two members of the
Anglo-Indian community to the Lok Sabha despite at least two
reminders from the All India Anglo-Indian Association about the
In all previous Lok Sabhas ? including during NDA-I ? the
nominations were made soon after a new government was voted in.
Members of the community felt that the delay is in line with the
Modi government?s attitude towards minorities, though some are
privately hoping that things may change if the government has to
convene a joint session of Parliament to get the contentious
Land Bill passed.
With some of the BJP?s allies also against the Bill, the numbers
may not add up for the government even in a joint session
scenario and every additional vote will count. ?Then this
forgotten minority will probably matter for the government,??
said a member of the community, recalling how the former Prime
Minister, P.V. Narasimha Rao, had nominated two members from the
community before the vote of confidence for his minority
With no evident effort being made by the government to fill the
two vacancies, another representation to Prime Minister Narendra
Modi was made on March 14 in which the association president,
Neil O?Brien, a former nominated MP, expressed concern over the
delay on two counts.
First, the 1.5 lakh-strong Anglo-Indian community had gone
unrepresented for four sessions including the Budget Session.
And, second, if the nomination is not made before March 31, then
the community would lose out on the entire year?s allocation of
funds under MPLADS. Soon after the change of guard at the Centre
last year, the association sent two names to the government
hoping that at least one of them would be selected. It had also
given a written assurance that if an association nominee is
selected, the person would vote for the government in a
no-confidence motion, Mr. O'Brien said.
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