Congress Asks PM Modi To Break "Silence", Respond To Dalit Concerns

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The BJP, Modi said, will observe the birth anniversary of Jyotiba Phule, a social reformer who came from a backward caste, on as "Samta Diwas" (equality day).

The prime minister then told his party's MPs to reach out to villages with substantial Dalit and tribal population through implementation of his government's seven key welfare schemes.

"Today, we Dalit MPs of the BJP are faced with everyday torture of our community". With people are closely watching PM Modi's all political moves, there is a huge anti-Modi factor riding in AP and several other Southern States.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday slammed Amit Shah's remarks equating opposition parties with animals, saying that the "disrespectful statement" reflected his "mentality" and tore into the Modi rule, alleging there is a collapse of government. He added: "They can not imagine that when we got the opportunity to elect a President on our own strength, we elected a person belonging to the Dalit community. What is happening on International Border and LoC and the serious turn which the situation has taken in Kashmir is self-explanatory of where we stand at this moment", he observed. "They can not imagine that when we got the opportunity to elect a Deputy Speaker, we selected Suraj Bhan, who belonged to the Dalit community and later Karia Munda, who is a tribal leader". Our own Dalit MPs have gone public with their letters to the PM instead of discussing in the party forum. The BJP did not focus on casteism or dynasty, he said.

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A case has been registered against him for firing during protests against the alleged dilution of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Mr Khera said that in March 2015, Bhatnagar was arrested and released on bail by the Central Excise for alleged fraudulent misuse of CenVAT credit and evading Excise Duty worth Rs 40 crore.

The letter written by Yashwant Singh, BJP MP and Dalit leader from Uttar Pradesh, is tagged by news agency ANI with this comment, 'BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh's Nagina, Yashwant Singh, writes to PM Modi, says, 'Being a Dalit my capabilities have not been put to use, I only became an MP because of reservation, ' adds that, 'In 4 years the govt has done nothing for the 30 crore Dalits of the country'.

Raj, an IRS officer who resigned to join politics in 2003, followed it up with another on Sunday afternoon, which appeared as a clarification but left with scope for interpretation, with some suggesting it exposed the anti-Dalit stand of the party. Recalling the foundation of the BJP, Modi said: "BJP was born Mumbai in extremely tough circumstances".

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