MPA who moved to India
By: Razzak Abro | Published: February 02, 2011
Ram Singh Sodho, a Hindu Sindh Assembly member who recently resigned and shifted to India, might have decided to move to the neighbouring country to join his family members who were already there. His family members had actually started shifting to India around years ago, people of his home district Tharparkar told Pakistan Today.
They say that one of his sons, Dileep Singh had left the country to settle in the Indian state Gujrat some 10 years ago. Dileep later died in the deadly earthquake of Bhuj, Gujrat on January 26, 2001. Sodho was born in Village Aeokhi, Diplo, in Tharparkar district on January 16, 1945. Later he became a permanent resident of Dileep Nagar area of Mithi, the district’s headquarters.
By profession, he is a lawyer and belongs to an influential family of Tharparkar – commonly called Thakurs. His father Ran Singh Sodho was chief of the community. According to journalist Khatau Jani, Sodho’s other son Gumaan Singh also left for India four years back during former president General Pervez Musharraf’s tenure. Gumaan Singh was an elected member of the Tharparkar District Council and had left for India without formally submitting his resignation.
“Sodho was ill and very upset after his family shifted to India,” said Abdul Razzaque Rahimoon, an elected MPA from Sodho’s party, the PML-Q, and a resident of Chachro, Tharparkar. Rahimoon said that he does not think that Sodho was facing any threats to his life in Pakistan. Sodho’s community members and relatives are still residing in the area. One of his cousins, Venghraj is also among them.
Sodho had formally sent his resignation to the Sindh Assembly’s speaker on January 26. A day before submitting his resignation, he informed about his plan to his friends, including the opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly, Jam Madad Ali. In November last year, he visited India and informed the Sindh Assembly Secretariat that he was for medical treatment.
According to his relatives present in his hometown, doctors had advised him complete rest. Sodho also remained the naib nazim of Tharparkar district after being elected in the 2001 local government elections. He was representing Arbab Group, a group formed by former Sindh chief minister Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim. Earlier, Sodho was also elected as a member of the provincial assembly in non-party elections conducted by former military dictator General Ziaul Haq in 1985.
As Sodho belongs to an upper caste Hindus, he might have felt threatened by the growing strength of members of the scheduled castes in politics.