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Rahul calls PM Modi ‘anti-Dalit’, Amit Shah says Congress is ‘patronising, condescending’ towards the community

NEW DELHI: Congress president

Rahul Gandhi

on Thursday said PM Narendra Modi has an ”anti-Dalit mindset” and

BJP president

Amit Shah immediately hit back saying the Congress has had a “patronising and condescending” attitude towards the Dalit community.

Earlier in the day, Rahul joined a protest in New Delhi over the so-called dilution of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, reported news agency PTI.

“The atrocities act was brought by the Congress and the party will protect it together with everybody…We don’t want an India like this. We want an India in which there should be place for everybody, whether Dalits, poor, tribals or minorities… everybody should progress. We will fight for such an India” said Rahul.

Then he said PM Modi has an “anti-Dalit mindset” and wants to “crush” the community

“His thinking is anti-Dalit. All Dalits and people from the weaker sections know that the prime minister has no place for Dalits in his heart and mind and wants to crush Dalits. That is why we are standing against him,” said he

Congress president

about Modi.

The BJP’s Shah, in tweets, said Rahul’s father and former PM Rajiv Gandhi opposed the Mandal Commission’s report advocating quotas for Other Backward Castes (OBCs) “tooth and nail”. He also said he didn’t expect Rahul to know this because he didn’t expect him to research.

Shah also claimed the Congress mistreated Ambedkar and other Dalit leaders.

Would have been good if Congress president would have spoken about his Party’s treatment towards Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Babu Jagjivan Ram and Sitaram Kesari. Congress way of treating Dalits is patronising and condescending. For years Congress insulted Dalit aspirations,” said Shah.

The BJP president asked the Congress president to “give some time to facts”.

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