New Delhi, April 8: Alleging torture on Dalits post violent Bharat Bandh protest on April 2, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Udit Raj on Sunday said that members of the community were being tormented. He appealed to his party and the government to take cognisance of the said matter immediately. “Dalits who were part of the April 2 agitation which was carried out across the country were being targeted at present and it is worrisome,” the BJP MP from Delhi’s North West constituency claimed.
Raj also alleged that Dalits were being accused, implicated in false cases and were also being beaten. Speaking to news agency ANI, the Dalit BJP MP further said that he wasn’t one of those party members who would keep quiet for his own interests. He wasn’t selfish enough to ignore the interests of the members of his community and keep mum after receiving such an information. Elaborating on this fact, he said that two-and-a-half years before also he brought up the issue of Dalits being angry when in a series of incidents, violence was inflicted upon them in Gujarat.
Appeal to Party&gvt that they must look into this immediately. I am not one of those dalit leaders&party members who’ll keep quite in my own interest, not telling the Party at right time would hv been a selfish act. 2.5 yrs ago I said that dalits are getting angry:BJP MP Udit Raj pic.twitter.com/lQStwEVUXA
The BJP MP said that he has received information from people in Barmer, Jalore, Jaipur, Gwalior, Meerut, Bulandshahr, Karoli among other parts of India and have said that they were accused of being anti-reservationists.
However, this is not the first time a BJP MP has accused the Central government of ignoring the Dalits of the country. Earlier on Saturday, A Dalit BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Nagina, Yashwant Singh, wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and attacked Centre govt over Dalit atrocities. The letter has also appealed to the Supreme Court to overturn the decision on the SC/ST Act.
Recently, Chote Lal Kharwar, tribal MP from Robertsganj, had written a letter to Prime Minister Modi, alleging mistreatment by the Yogi Adityanath-led government. In his letter, he had alleged that he met the Chief Minister twice regarding “corruption” in the district administration and forest department in Chandauli, but was instead “scolded and thrown out”.