Close on the heels of Congress president Rahul Gandhi slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said there is no place for Dalits in his heart, the BJP chief Amit Shah on Thursday lashed out at Mr Gandhi and said Congress has always treated Dalits in a “patronising” manner.
“Congress way of treating Dalits is patronising and condescending. For years Congress insulted Dalit aspirations,” Mr Shah wrote in a series of tweets. “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?,” said Mr Shah in reference to Congress president addressing a rally organised to protest the alleged ‘dilution’ of the SC ST Prevention of Atrocities Act in Delhi on Thursday.
Mr Shah said – “insulting Dalit leaders, Dalit pride and opposing Mandal and block OBC Commission” has been the decade old Congress legacy. “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,” he said.
“Is it a co-incidence that the year Mrs. Sonia Gandhi joined the Congress, the Third Front-Congress Government opposed reservations in promotions and the year Rahul Gandhi becomes Congress President they oppose a tough SC/ SC Act and OBC Commission!,” posted BJP chief.
He accused that “anti-backward mindset” of the Congress party is clearly “visible”. He said: “Would have been good if Congress President would have spoken about his party’s treatment towards Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Babu Jagjivan Ram and Sitaram Kesari”.