Saturday, 21 July, 2018

One more BJP MP joins chorus over Dalit issue

Leaders from various political parties at a dinner organised by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi Janpath New Delhi PM Modi interacts with workers on BJP's foundation day
Gerardo Duncan | 09 April, 2018, 01:32

BJP MP from West Delhi Parvesh Verma has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking to change the date for celebration of Children's Day from November 14 to December 26, which is martyrdom day for Guru Gobind Singh's four sons, "Chaar Sahibzaade".

"Today opposition to BJP is at its highest". It is not because we made a mistake.

Addressing a public meeting here on Sunday, he said that BJP's divisive agenda is also threatening the very core of the Indian society and its serious impact is also being felt in the sensitive border State of Jammu and Kashmir.

The strength of the BJP is affecting those in the Opposition and they are not able to digest that a person born into a backward family is serving the nation, said the PM. The other Opposition parties, including the Congress, Trinamool Congress, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, started off by seeking a debate on the Nirav Modi-Punjab National Bank fraud case but subsequently joined the Telugu Desam Party in moving a no-confidence motion against the Modi government.

Senior Congress leader and member AICC Mohinder Bhardwaj said the country and in particular the State of Jammu and Kashmir is sitting on a power-keg of communal hatred spread by the BJP and its allies ever since the saffron party has come to power at the Centre and in the State.

He will also take queries from them.

BJP workers should work for everybody's benefits, he said.

The larger point is that the Opposition, despite proforma protestations about the allegedly new low the "level of political discourse" Shah had touched, should be seriously anxious about the potential for negative impact its anybody-but-BJP strategy may have if Shah can galvanise the cadre and the convince the neutrals by honing this strategy of calling out Opposition forces supping with each other even while checking if they are being poisoned, as it were, by their new-found allies at the cost of showcasing a cogent, coherent agenda of governance for the nation.

There is a sense of stimulation among the party workers in regard to the direct interaction with the Prime Minister.

The Congress leader also slammed the Prime Minister's advice to BJP MPs to stay at the houses of Dalits in villages, saying Modi should, instead, first call his Dalit MPs and other representatives of the Dalits to his house and provide them answers on rising atrocities against Dalits. It was a declaration of war with a firm eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

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