BJP should stop doing drama over dalit outreach: Mohan Bhagwat

Uttar Pradesh education minister Anupma Jaiswal said that the ministers felt 'satisfaction' after visiting Dalits in villages and staying at their homes despite the inconveniences

Uttar Pradesh education minister Anupma Jaiswal said that the ministers felt 'satisfaction' after visiting Dalits in villages and staying at their homes despite the inconveniences

The sharp comments from the Bahraich MP come in the backdrop of a controversy over the recent visit to a Dalit home by a UP government minister belonging to her own party.

On Thursday, BJP MP Sadhvi Savitri Bai Phoole had said that politicians rushing to Dalit households to break bread with them but ordering food, utensils and even waiters from outside is an "insult" to the people belonging to the weaker sections.

A BJP Lok Sabha member has accused her party's leaders of "ridiculing and insulting" Dalits by carrying pre-cooked meals to their homes and eating there "in the name of breaking the caste barrier". Another gaffe. This time a minister from the Yogi Adityanath government said ministers in Uttar Pradesh are working day and night for the implementation of the government schemes, even if they are bitten by mosquitoes.

The MP had earlier opposed his party's outreach programme "Gram Swaraj Abhiyan", saying it would not bring any electoral gains to the party and instead it makes Dalits feel "inferior".

"If someone gets to hold two chaupals, they volunteer to do 4 instead".

"Having nightstay and food at houses of Dalits neither empowers the Dalit families nor benefits the politicians, Rahul Gandhi is a live example of it".

"The ministers are visiting villages to ensure the benefits of government schemes reached the needy".

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Besides, Suresh Rana, another minister Rajendra Pratap Singh had compared visits to the Dalit houses with that of Lord Ram visiting Shabari and liberating the Dalits.

She advocated abolition of caste system in accordance with Dr BR Ambedkar's idea of society.

Rana, however, had rejected the allegation, saying, "The food was prepared in the village, by the villagers themselves".

States that accounted for a majority of crimes against Dalits as per NCRB, were the BJP-ruled States of Madhya Pradesh (43.4%), Rajasthan (42%), Goa (36.7%) and Gujarat (32.5%), while Congress-ruled Karnataka recorded significantly lesser crimes against Dalits, he said.

She has accused the BJP of "totally ignoring" the welfare of Dalits, adivasis, OBCs and upper caste poor and said that organising dinners was putting them in further trouble.

"They (Dalits) did not protest for why politicians are not coming to have food at their households, but protested to press their demands including their rights, equality, jobs and among others", he told reporters. She added that she would prefer inviting Dalits to her home and serve them personally.

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