Congress way of treating Dalits is patronising & condescending: Shah

Amit Shah slams Rahul Gandhi
Congress way of treating Dalits is patronising & condescending: Shah

New Delhi: Reverting back to the statement given by Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah said that Rahul Gandhi should spend some time on facts when he is done with winking and disrupting Parliament.

He also said that Congress way of treating Dalits is patronising and condescending and for years Congress insulted Dalit aspirations.

“Congress way of treating Dalits is patronising and condescending. For years Congress insulted Dalit aspirations,” Mr Shah said.

In a series of tweets, Mr Shah said the Prime Minister’s legacy includes “strongest amendments to SC/ST Act” and setting up of the OBC Commission, while the Congress legacy was about insulting Dalit leaders, opposing the Mandal Commission report and blocking a move to empower the OBC body.

His attack at the Congress and its president came after Mr Gandhi joined a protest at Jantar Mantar and criticised PM Modi over his government’s policies towards Dalits.

In a series of tweets scoffing at Mr Gandhi, Mr Shah asked him to spend some time on facts “when you are free from winking and disrupting Parliament” and asserted that the NDA government has ensured the strongest amendment to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

He was referring to Mr Gandhi’s apparent wink in Lok Sabha after hugging PM Modi during a debate on the no-confidence motion against the government.

“Why are you protesting that?” Mr Shah asked Mr Gandhi while taking about the new bill that seeks to reverse a recent Supreme Court order that put additional safeguards against arrest of accused in cases of atrocities against Dalits.

Earlier in the day, Mr Gandhi had said the Congress government had brought the atrocities act and his party will protect it together with everybody.

Alleging that Dalits are being openly beaten and crushed in states where the BJP is in power, Mr Gandhi said the Prime Minister’s “thinking is anti-Dalit”.

“All Dalits and people from the weaker sections know that the Prime Minister has no place for Dalits in his heart and mind and wants to crush Dalits. That is why we are standing against him,” he had said.

Attacking Mr Gandhi, Mr Shah said it would have been good if the Congress leader had spoken about his party’s treatment of Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Babu Jagjivan Ram and Sitaram Kesari.

“Congress way of treating Dalits is patronising and condescending. For years Congress insulted Dalit aspirations,” Mr Shah said.

New Delhi: Reverting back to the statement given by Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah said that Rahul Gandhi should spend some time on facts when he is done with winking and disrupting Parliament. He also…