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‘Vendors from minority communities not targeted'

Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: Allegations that the Bharatiya Janata Party is targeting minorities by carrying out evictions of street vendors from such communities are not true, honorary president of the Mangalore City Minorities and Backward Classes Street Vendors' Sangha Rahim Uchil said on Wednesday.

The allegations being made by the organisations leading the street vendors' agitation in the city were false, said Mr. Uchil, who is also the district convenor of the BJP Minorities Morcha. He told presspersons that it was true that majority of street vendors belonged to minority communities and backward classes, and therefore, they had been affected because of eviction.

Mr. Uchil said that the sangha was registered six years ago. Mr. Uchil said that the Mangalore City Corporation could make alternative arrangements only for some street vendors. The rest, who could not be accommodated, “should be happy” for those who had got space.

Asked why the sangha made its presence two months after the agitation began, he said the sangha decided to see how it progressed because it did not want to be perceived as lending support to the agitation.

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