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Dalit Boy in Bhopal is Beneficiary of Rahul vs Smriti One-upmanship

Dalit Boy in Bhopal is Beneficiary of Rahul vs Smriti One-upmanship

13-year-old Kaushal Shakya was being looked after by the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee over the last three years on the instructions of Rahul Gandhi.

Bhopal: Rivalry between Union Human Resources Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has come as a blessing for a Dalit student in Bhopal.

This was how it happened. 13-year-old Kaushal Shakya was being looked after by the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) over the last three years on the instructions of Rahul Gandhi. Now, Irani has ordered that he should be admitted to the 6th standard in a Central School.

For this, her HRD ministry even issued a special order dated April 6, 2016 enabling Kaushal to get admission to the best Central School in Bhopal.

To know what is so special about Kaushal who lives in Gwal Mohalla slums in Bhopal's Rashanpura locality, cut back to April 25, 2013. That was when the young newspaper vendor met Rahul outside the Congress state office.

“I met Rahul Gandhi while selling newspapers. I asked for one rupee, but he gave me a Rs 1000 note and asked me to keep that. I refused, and then he asked me about my schooling. I said I did not go to school as my father is a labourer,” that was how Shakya described the meeting.

After the meeting, Congress leaders in Madhya Pradesh got a job for a member of the family with a monthly salary of Rs 4000, so that Kaushal's education could be taken care of. But due to some reasons, the boy dropped out from school.

It's still a mystery how Smriti Irani came to know of all this and got him admitted to the Central school. Congress accuse her of revenge politics, an allegation vehemently denied by the BJP.



K K Mishra, spokesperson of the state Congress said, “This is because of her frustration of losing the Lok Sabha election to Rahul Gandhi in Amethi.”

Countering this Dr Hitesh Bajpai, state spokesperson of the BJP said: “Whether it is Kaushal or Kalavati, Rahul Gandhi has always mocked at Dalits and poor of this country. He should thank Smriti Irani for this welcome step, and he should also apologise."

Kaushal is grateful."I am thankful to Smriti Irani ji for my admission in a Central School,” he said.

This politics seems to be beyond the understanding of Kaushal and his family.

“The Congress did whatever they could do. I think the BJP is paying us attention to create an impact. One is trying to pull us this way, and another is pushing us that way. And we are stuck at the centre,” his father Dulichand Shakya said.
first published:April 19, 2016, 19:24 IST