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BJP-RSS fuelling violence against Dalits, PM should clarify stand: Congress

New Delhi, Jan 3 (PTI): The Congress today accused the BJP and the RSS of fuelling violence against Dalits and demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi make a statement in Parliament clarifying his stand on the Bhima-Koregaon incident in Maharashtra.

The party also demanded the formation of a commission of inquiry by a sitting Supreme Court judge on the clashes between Dalit groups and supporters of right-wing Hindu organisations during the 200th-anniversary celebrations of the Bhima-Koregaon battle in Pune district that had left a man dead on January 1.

The leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge accused the BJP-RSS of "conspiring to divide people" on caste and religious lines, and asked the prime minister to make a statement on the issue in Parliament.

"The BJP and the RSS are fuelling and instigating violence against Dalits across the country. They conspire to divide people and society and create an atmosphere of
illusion that only they are nationalists.

"We demand that the prime minister, who shows sympathy for Dalits during polls, should clarify his position inside Parliament on violence against Dalits," he told reporters outside Parliament.

Kharge also accused the BJP government in Maharashtra of having "failed" to control violence as it did not make proper arrangements in Bhima-Koregaon.

"We have demanded that a sitting judge of the Supreme Court should carry out a probe into the incident for an impartial probe. A commission should be set up to ascertain who was behind the violence and who instigated it," he said.

The Congress leader said the BJP government in Maharashtra has failed to make proper arrangements in Bhima- Koregaon that led to violence.

The leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad dubbed the BJP and the RSS as "anti-Dalit".

He also accused the government of "suppressing" the voice of the opposition in Parliament as live proceedings of both Houses were not telecast and stopped.

"We had given adjournment notice in the Rajya Sabha for taking up the issue of violence against Dalits in Maharashtra but our voice was suppressed and live telecast was stopped," he told reporters.

A Maharashtra bandh called to protest the violence post an event to mark the 200th anniversary of Bhima Koregaon battle, turned violent today even as rail and road traffic was disrupted in the city.

Yesterday, several towns and cities of Maharashtra were on the edge as Dalit protests against the violence in Pune spilt over to Mumbai, with agitators damaging buses and disrupting road and rail traffic.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Thu, Jan 4 2018

    Not good for the political system of the country when the ruling party adhere to the instructions of some groups with wrong motivations as remote control

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  • L n T, Mumbai

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Why this happening after 2014
    Anti MCD?
    Muslims Christians and Daliths

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    After clashes broke out between Dalit groups celebrations of the200th-anniversary of Bhima-Koregaon battle, and groups opposing the same,
    Today Maharashtra in general and Mumbai, Thane in particular witnessed violence and near total bandh. Situation was quite grave!!!
    2 working days have been lost and caste divisions have deepened and widened.
    India being multi racial, caste and religious society, can survive only with dialogue, harmony accommodation and tolerant speeches and actions.
    When we see so much turmoil in so many countries in the world on religious lines, we have to appreciate that our country has been managed quite well all these years.
    It's real blessing! Let's hope good sense will prevail in our leaders, and hope it remains the same in future too.

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    all these days ,they stalled the parliament.
    Now they are coming up with some rubbish allegations.
    why dont they prove the link.? maybe theres no proof afterall.
    A sitting Judge has already been asked to enquire in the matter, before the opposition raised the issue in parliament today.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    BJP also did not allow previous Governments to function ...

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    so its ok for congress to do the same?

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  • Gabriel, sagar

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Divide and rule was the British legacy which was inherited by our Netas long time ago. Unfortunately even today it is used by the political parties for their vested political gains.

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  • Avinash, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    So the minority card is not working anymore so dalits now

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    BJP is a educated party & should understand this Violence is only ruining them ...

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