Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan on Friday lamented the rise in attacks on Dalits and minorities in the country and said the government had failed to take effective steps against it.
At his party's national executive meeting, Paswan said the issues of price rise, corruption and attacks on vulnerable people shattering hope of the common man.
"There is a continuous rise in attacks on minorities and Dalits throughout the country, but it is highly shocking that both the Centre as well as the state governments have not taken any effective measures to control the situation," Paswan said.
Citing the Mirchpur incident in Haryana, and that of Banthal and Dhada in Gujarat where Dalits have been "forcibly evicted", he called it a matter of grave concern and national shame.
Paswan also used the occasion to raise the issue of land acquisition and support the creation of smaller states.