Mumbai (Maharashtra): Congress on Tuesday dubbed as extremely unfortunate BJP MLA Ravindra Chavan’s remark comparing Dalits with pigs and said this is a reflection of the saffron party’s thinking with regard to the Hindu caste system as well as the Dalits in the country.
Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi told ANI that the BJP has always been harsh with the people of lower castes.
“It is extremely unfortunate and upsetting how the Bharatiya Janata Party continues attacking the Dalits on various issues. We have seen how Rohith Vemula’s mother is still fighting for justice and she still hasn’t got justice for her son’s suicide. There were debates happening around whether he was a Dalit or not,” said Chaturvedi.
“We have heard absolutely insulting and derogatory terms used by General (Retd.) V.K. Singh. Now, we see Mr Chavan speaking out and yet nothing will be done. As far as the Bharatiya Janata Party government is concerned, there is no accountability and probably it is also a reflection of what the BJP thinks with regard to the Hindu caste system as well as the Dalits in the country,” she added.
Chavan, the BJP MLA from Dombivli, had last week compared farmers and Dalits to the piglets trapped in a gutter.
The Dombivli MLA made this weird comparison while speaking at a function at Kalyan in Thane. The comparison has landed the BJP leader in big trouble after the video went viral on social media.
The opposition condemned the BJP MLA’s statement and demanded action against him.
Minister of State for External Affairs General (Retd.) V.K. Singh had earlier compared Dalits with dogs which sparked a huge controversy (ANI)