If Modi Was Pro-Dalit, His Policies Would Have Shown This, Says Rahul Gandhi
New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said PM Narendra Modi has an ”antiDalit
mindset” and BJP President Amit Shah immediately hit back saying the Congress
has had a “patronising and condescending” attitude towards the Dalit community.
Earlier in the day, Rahul joined a protest in New Delhi over the so-called dilution of
the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, reported news agency PTI.
“The atrocities act was brought by the Congress and the party will protect it together
with everybody…We don’t want an India like this. We want an India in which there
should be place for everybody, whether Dalits, poor, tribals or minorities… everybody
should progress. We will fight for such an India” said Rahul.
Then he said PM Modi has an “anti-Dalit mindset” and wants to “crush” the
“His thinking is anti-Dalit. All Dalits and people from the weaker sections know that
the prime minister has no place for Dalits in his heart and mind and wants to crush
Dalits. That is why we are standing against him,” said he Congress President about
The BJP’s Shah, in tweets, said Rahul’s father and former PM Rajiv Gandhi opposed
the Mandal Commission’s report advocating quotas for Other Backward Castes
(OBCs) “tooth and nail”. He also said he didn’t expect Rahul to know this because he
didn’t expect him to research.
“Would have been good if Congress president would have spoken about his Party’s
treatment towards Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Babu Jagjivan Ram and Sitaram
Kesari. Congress way of treating Dalits is patronising and condescending. For years
Congress insulted Dalit aspirations,” said Shah