"When Dalits start living with dignity, and organise some event, there are some people who try to disturb it. This happened in Koregaon (in Pune district)," Kharge said.
He said Dalits had never been a part of armies before the British came, to which Mahajan replied that Dalits were a part of Maratha ruler Shivaji's Army.
Kharge then said: "It is a bid to divide the Mahars and the Marathas by some Hindu extremist and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh."
"Wherever the BJP is in power, there is discrimination against Dalits," he added.
Kharge blamed Modi for being silent on the issue of atrocities against Dalits.
"He (Kharge) does not want to resolve the problem in Maharashtra, he is trying to incite people.
He is doing politics.
"As the British divided and ruled the people, the Congress is doing the same... This should be a forum to give a message of peace," he added.
Raosaheb Patil Danve of BJP said the celebrations in Bhima-Koregaon had been taking place every year and no incident happened in the past.
Hundreds of thousands of Dalits had congregated around the Victory Pillar (Vijay Stambh) erected by the British in Sanaswadi village in Maharashtra when stone-pelting began, allegedly by some rightwing groups carrying saffron flags.
In the clashes, more than 30 vehicles were torched or damaged. A young man was killed.
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