New Delhi, April 8: Hitting out at Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief, Union minister of social justice and empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot said that Mayawati is not following Kanshi Ram’s footsteps. “Kanshi Ram Ji never believed in violence but today Mayawati is walking towards that path,” Ghelot said during a press conference in national capital on Sunday.

Ghelot’s statement came after Mayawati said that the success of the recent Bharat Bandh, called by Dalit organisations against the alleged dilution in the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 has left the ruling party scared.

Earlier, BSP supremo had also shown support to the protests against the alleged dilution of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act by the Supreme Court but she had condemned the violence taking place during the protest and called for a strict action against those indulging in it.

On April 2, several Dalit organisations had taken to the streets, venting their anger against the alleged dilution of Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) (Prevention of Atrocities) Act by the Supreme Court. The agitation turned violent after protestors resorted to stone pelting, damaging public properties and rail and various other blockades. Schools and colleges were closed as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incidents. Total 10 people including a newborn baby died in different parts of the country during the protest.

The Bharat Bandh call was given by Dalit group Sanvidhaan Bachao Sangharash Committee and later was backed by All India Adi Dharam Mission and All India Adi Dharam Sadhu Samaj. The Supreme Court had, on March 20, introduced the provision of anticipatory bail in the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act while directing that there would be no automatic arrest on any complaint filed under the law.