New Delhi, May 4: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Friday criticised Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders for taking food at the homes of Dalit families. In a hard-hitting word, Bhagwat asked leaders to stop drama and begin regular interactions with the community. “To get rid of caste barriers are needed, not the occasional symbolic gestures,” the RSS chief reportedly said during a meeting with Vishwa Hindu Parishad and RSS leaders.

The leaders reportedly discussed social harmony, where Bhagwat talked about the initiative started by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had asked BJP leaders to visit Dalit families and increase their interaction with them.

“Taking food at Dalits’ homes, inviting the media or for publicity stunts, is not a good practice… Leaders should interact with dalit people routinely and regularly. Only taking food at Dalits’ houses is not sufficient, send family members too to their homes and invite them at your home,” VHP working president Alok Kumar quoted Bhagwat’s statement, while talking to a leading portal.

Notably, Bhagwat’s comment came days after Uttar Pradesh minister Suresh Rana triggered a controversy after reports claimed that he brought with him his own food and water at a dinner hosted at a Dalit household. However, the minister had dismissed the reports, saying, “The food was prepared in the village, by the villagers themselves.”

Pictures of the well laid out dining table with an assortment of dishes and cutlery went viral on the social media.