New Delhi, Aug 11: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday attacked the Modi government over alleged rising atrocities against Dalits. Citing a media report which claimed that BJP-ruled states registered the highest number of crimes against the Scheduled Castes, he launched a scathing attack on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah. Also Read - On BJP's Free Vaccine Promise in Bihar Poll Manifesto, EC Says 'Not Violative of Model Code'
“Mr 56’s best buddy, asked me to ‘check my facts’ when I said the BJP fuels violence against Dalits & Adivasis,” he tweeted. Adding further, he posted, “I hope the fact check I’m attaching below, will wake him and Mr 56 up from their deep slumber on these rising atrocities; or I and the Congress party will.” Also Read - PM Modi to Launch Seaplane Service From Ahmedabad to Statue of Unity (Kevadia) Today in Major Push to India's Tourism
With the tweet, the Congress president also attached a media report which cited the National Crime Records Bureau data of 2016 to claim that BJP-ruled states registered the highest number of crimes against the Scheduled Castes. Also Read - Kulgam Killing: Coward Pakistanis Will Pay Heavy Price, Each of Them Will be Neutralised, Says J&K BJP Chief
Rahul Gandhi’s remarks came days after he accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of having an “anti-Dalit” mindset. BJP chief Amit Shah had targeted the Congress chief and asked him to look at facts before criticising the government over issues related to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes.
“Rahul Ji, when you are free from winking and disrupting Parliament, give some time to facts as well. NDA Government, through a Cabinet decision and in Parliament ensured the strongest amendment to the Act. Why are you protesting that?” Shah tweeted.
Strengthening his act further, he added, “Mr. Rahul Gandhi, expecting research and honesty is difficult from you but do read Mr Rajiv Gandhi’s speech during Mandal, when he opposed it tooth & nail. The sense of entitlement and hatred for backward communities comes out so clearly. And today you talk about Dalit welfare!”
The Congress has alleged that the government has passed the bill now thinking about next year’s Lok Sabha elections. The remark came after the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2018 was passed in Lok Sabha on Monday.
Rahul Gandhi has been taking at a swipe at Modi over his “56-inch chest” remark made at election rallies in the run-up to the 2014 polls.