New Delhi: Following Dalit protests in Maharashtra including state capital Mumbai, Congress President Rahul Gandhi has attacked the BJP and RSS calling both the anti-Dalit organizations. He also termed the RSS ideology as fascist. This is the strongest criticism that the Congress president has mounted against the BJP and the RSS in recent months.
Reports suggest that a person was killed and several injured in in clashes between suspected Maratha groups and Dalits near Pune over celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of the battle of Bhima Koregaon. More than 100 people were arrested in Mumbai alone where the protests spread and created a sort of uncertainty for the city commuters.
Following the protests and the clashes, Rahall Gandhi said that the BJP wants to Dalits to remain at the bottom of the society.
In a tweet, the newly crowned Congress president said “A central pillar of the RSS/BJP’s fascist vision for India is that Dalits should remain at the bottom of Indian society. Una, Rohith Vemula and now Bhima-Koregaon are potent symbols of the resistanc”.
Congress has been desperately trying to win back the dalit vote bank that it used to command till just over two weeks ago. Following Gandhi’s tweet, AICC general secretary in charge of Maharashtra, Mohan Prakash, claimed that the “anti-Dalit mindset” of the RSS and BJP has come to fore. Speaking to the media , Prakash said, “Wherever the BJP is in power, the supporters of the party and RSS execute such actions when events related to Dalit pride are organised.” Read Full Story: Bhima-Koregaon clash spills into Mumbai, CM Fadnavis orders probe; Chembur, Mulund worst hit
There is no denying that the rather good showing in Gujarat elections has created a new confidence in the Congress leaders who believe that getting back to the power in the center is not that difficult.
Meanwhile Congress has said that the people who attacked the dalits in the state were not ordinary people but were carrying saffron flags. Congress leaders also claimed that those who pelted stones at Dalits on Monday were carrying saffron flags and alleged that the BJP government in Maharashtra wanted to create a “Dalit vs Maratha standoff” to trigger a Maratha consolidation.