New Delhi, May 6: Minutes after Congress president Rahul Gandhi attacked Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its Chief Ministerial candidate BS Yeddyurappa, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has also attacked the Centre over its Dalit outreach strategy. Quoting Rahul Gandhi’s latest video post, Siddaramaiah said,”What Dalits need are not empty outreach strategies like having meals with them.” Also Read - Boxer Vijender Singh Hails Rahul Gandhi's Fitness, Lauds Congress Leader's Abs; Twitter Asks For Health Tips
“What they need is empowerment with dignity and justice. Will you take affirmative action or will you continue to send your leaders to Dalit homes with packed dinners?,” asked the Karnataka CM. Also Read - Rahul Gandhi's Viral Photo Reveals His 'Boxer Abs', Netizens Ask For Fitness Tips
He also accused the ruling party of failing to fulfil its poll promises, particularly when it comes to promoting local languages. “BJP is good at promising but very poor in keeping them. They may speak about Kannada Swabhimana because we have been upholding it. But, nobody should doubt their commitment to Hindi once in power. KS Eshwarappa even spoke in Hindi on the subject of Kannada pride,” he tweeted.
Earlier in the day, Congress president had slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) saying they want Dalits and Adivasis to “continue to exist at the bottom rung of society”. Taking to Twitter, the Congress president posted a video and claimed that BJP’s Karnataka chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa “practises untouchability” even in the 21st century.
“Central to the RSS/ BJP fascist ideology, is that Dalits & Adivasis must continue to exist at the bottom rung of society. In this disturbing video, the dangers of this mindset and how it’s openly propagated by senior RSS/ BJP leaders is revealed,” Rahul wrote along with the video.