Not Lord Ram Who Can Purify Dalits By Eating With Them: Uma Bharti
Union Minister and BJP leader Uma Bharti stirred controversy on Tuesday, 2 May, when, at an event in Madhya Pradesh's Chhatarpur district, she said that she's not Lord Ram who can purify Dalits by having a meal with them.
Bharti made these remarks at a Samajik Samrasta Bhoj event. According to News18, such events are supported by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), in which BJP leaders share meals with Dalit families so as to give a message of social equality.
The News18 report added that Bharti did not participate in the mass meal at the event.
In a separate incident, BJP MLA Suresh Rana, who is also a minister in the UP government, raised eyebrows when he paid a visit to a Dalit family's house, but arranged for the food, water and cutlery on his own.
Meanwhile, another minister from UP, Rajendra Pratap Singh, reportedly drew a comparison between BJP leaders visiting Dalit households and Lord Ram giving a blessing to Shabari (a Dalit).
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