The Congress today slammed the Yogi Adityanath-led Government in Uttar Pradesh on reports that nearly 100-odd Dalit families in Mainpur Deenapatti village in Kushinagar district were distributed soaps and sachets of shampoo, a day ahead of the chief minister’s visit last Thursday, an ANI report said.
“This is untouchability. Scheduled Castes / Scheduled Tribes act case should be registered against the officials and the chief minister,” senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi was quoted as saying by the agency on Kushinagar incident.
Earlier, this week, a day ahead of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s visit, nearly 100 odd Musahar Dalit families of Mainpur Deenapatti village in Kushinagar district of the state were distributed two bars of soap, ‘Lifebuoy’ and ‘Ghari’ and a sachet of shampoo,. They were also asked to “clean themselves” before attending the public meeting, an Indian Express report said.
“I got the soaps from the Anganwadi women. I didn’t get the shampoo, but others did. I was told to take a bath with the soap before going for the meeting. We already use soap which we buy from the local shop. What’s going to change with just two bars of soap,” said Keshri, who is in her sixties, was quoted as saying by the paper.
A lot of activity was seen in the village last week prior to the visit of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Villagers also pointed out to a new pavement made of cement and bricks, about a dozen freshly-dug pits for construction of toilets, repaired handpumps and posters of Swachh Bharat Mission among others.
“About two years ago, the area was in the grip of cholera. The handpumps were installed then, after a visit by the district magistrate. Many people don’t bathe for two or three days. We are trying to change that, but not much can be done when we live in such poverty. We are all labourers, we don’t have enough land to construct a house. Many children still don’t get adequate nutrition. Yogi Baba ke aane se fark padega (Yogi’s visit will make a difference),” Dharmendra Prasad, who works as a farm labourer, was quoted as saying by Indian Express.