In light of the attack on Dalits in Una, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Sunday, said all Dalit BJP parliamentarians should resign in protest of the assault by “BJP goons”.
“Udit ji and all Dalit MPs of BJP should resign in protest against countrywide assault on the Dalits by BJP goons”, the chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party supremo said.
Kejriwal’s remarks come in the wake of BJP MP Udit Raj’s statement on Saturday where he said that Hinduism was in danger because of its “so-called protectors”.
“...and then those people (the custodian of Hindu religion) have problems with Dalits entering Church or Mosque. They say Hindu religion is in danger. It is because of them only and not because of us (Dalits),” said Raj, who is also the national chairman of All-India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations.
Raj’s remarks came amid “rumours” of some Dalit families planning to embrace Islam after they were allegedly denied entry into a Tamil Nadu temple. The Dalit leader raised apprehensions over “survival of Hindu religion” in the country, and said it’s “in danger” not from the conversion of Dalits to other religions.
He claimed that in countries like Burma, Thailand, Iran, Phillipines, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan, the Hindu population has decreased significantly, and “it’s difficult for Hindu religion to survive in India also and we will not be responsible for that.”
The BJP has been facing heat over the flogging of Dalit community members in Gujarat’s Una on July 11 for alleged cow slaughter, a state where the saffron party is in power.