Congress president Rahul Gandhi has accused PM Narendra Modi of having an “anti-Dalit” mindset and asserted that a government for the weaker sections will be formed after the BJP is defeated in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. BJP chief Amit Shah hit back at Gandhi alleging that it is the opposition party who had a legacy of insulting Dalits.
While addressing the crowd at a protest organised by Dalit organisations over the alleged dilution of the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, at Jantar Mantar in the national capital, Rahul said, “Everything starts from intent. If he (Modi) would have had a place for Dalits in his heart, then policies would have been framed differently. In Gujarat, he brought out a book of his speeches in which he wrote that Dalits get spiritual satisfaction out of cleaning. These lines throw light on his thinking and ideology.”