Cong Targets RSS-BJP for Attacks on Dalits; Rajnath Refutes Charge

The Congress on Wednesday tried to corner the government over the ongoing violence against Dalits in Una, Gujarat.

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The Congress on Wednesday targeted RSS and BJP in Lok Sabha over attacks on some Dalit men in Gujarat for skinning a dead cow, saying the Hindutva organisation was working for “Dalit-mukt Bharat” which was “sponsored” by BJP to polarise communities ahead of next year’s assembly polls there.

Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge demanded constitution of a joint parliamentary committee to go into the incident but Home Minister Rajnath Singh strongly refuted its charges and cited figures to claim that cases of atrocities against Dalits have declined in the state since 2001 when Narendra Modi took over as chief minister, and commended the state government for its “swift and effective” action.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, making a statement during zero hour, termed as “unfortunate” the attack on Dalits at Una on July 11.

Condemning the attacks, he said Gujarat Police acted swiftly and nine people have been arrested so far.

Lauding the role of the BJP government after the incident, he said the state government is also trying to set up a special court for a speedy trial of the case.

(With inputs from PTI and IANS.)

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