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Modi government anti-Dalit, exploiting them in BJP-ruled states: Congress

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Wednesday accused the of being anti-Dalit and exploiting the community in BJP-ruled states after the opposition was not allowed to discuss the violence in in as they also demanded a reply from Modi.

The party questioned why was Modi silent on the incidents of violence that paralysed parts of

"We gave a notice in Rajya Sabha that the proceedings in the House should be stopped and should discuss the attack and exploitation of the Dalit society in the past three and a half years," said of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad.

"Where ever there is a government, Dalits have been being exploited in the past three and a half years. They are being killed, beaten up, raped and then killed and also burnt alive," he said, adding that "has become an 'akhara' for such incidents".

"Similar is the case in Maharashtra, and shameful incidents in "

"We are deeply pained for not being allowed to raise the issue of Dalits in the House. Even television (Rajya Sabha TV) was turned off, so that no one gets to know that there is opposition as well," he said.

"I strongly condemn this attitude on part of They are anti-Dalit. When we raise these issues, they accuse us of diverting the attention," he added.

of in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said: "The state failed to provide protection to the people. NCP got information that right-wing group people tried to stoke violence.

"We had demanded that a sitting should conduct an impartial inquiry. We wanted the to come and give a reply in the but he didn't. He never talks about the Dalits in the Why is he silent on the issue?"

The shutdown called by various Dalit parties in on Wednesday was a fallout of Monday's riots in district, during 1, 1818.

Members of the Dalit community had gathered around the Victory Pillar erected by the British in Sanaswadi village when stone pelting started leading to the death of 28-year-old

At a separate press conference, Veerappa Moily, referring to -- the grandson of -- naming and as behind the riots, alleged that there were pictures of the two "talking intimately" to Modi and

"This is very strange that people who have to maintain peace, run the government, should associate very closely with the people who are known disrupters of peace, communal harmony and this has to be condemned," he said.



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First Published: Wed, January 03 2018. 23:16 IST