BSP supremo Mayawati on Thursday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should make a statement in Parliament on the issue of atrocities on Dalits. Speaking to reporters outside Parliament, she said that if the PM can speak on the issue outside the House, why can’t he speak on the same inside the House. The former UP CM also accused the PM of doing “damage control” with his statements. “If PM can speak on issue of atrocities against dalits outside Parliament then why not in Parliament,” said Mayawati. She said that BSP wants PM to act for the Dalits rather than expressing a mere sympathy and making statements.
Rebutting her statement, senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu said that BSP’s advice on the issue is not needed. He said the party which gave the slogan ‘Tilak Taraju Aur Talwar…’ shouldn’t advise the BJP. “Tilak Tarazu aur Talwar, inko maaro joote chaar’ ka naara dene waali party hume advice na de(sic),” Venkaiah Naidu said in counter. He also said, “Did atrocities against Dalits start when Modiji became PM? Which party ruled most since 1947?” Mayawati also claimed that incidents like the Rohith Vemula episode and Una attack have affected BJP’s image within Dalits.
Speaking for the first time on the issue of cow vigilantism, PM Narendra Modi had on Sunday said that people have made ‘Gauraksha’ a business. Attacking the fake ‘gau rakshaks’, the PM said that 70%-80% of the people pretend as cow protectors and indulge in petty crimes. He said, “These people commit crimes all night, and wear the mask of ‘Gau Rakshask’ in the day, so that they can’t be caught.” The next day, making a more striking statement, the PM said ‘shoot me, but spare my Dalit brothers’.