Uproar in Rajya Sabha over price rise, Dalit rights

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 18, 2016 14:15 IST
BSP chief Mayawati launched a scathing attack on the BJP-led NDA on the first day of the monsoon session. (Sonu Mehta/ HT Photo)

From alleged atrocities on Dalits to price rise, the NDA faced attack from the Opposition on several issues, resulting into a temporary adjournment barely an hour after the monsoon session started in Rajya Sabha.

Soon after the new members took oath in the House on Monday, BSP chief Mayawati launched a scathing attack on the BJP-led NDA over alleged atrocities against Dalits in Gujarat.

“This shows BJP’s casteist outlook towards the Dailts of this country,” Mayawati said amid protests from the ruling benches. Other members of the BSP rushed to the Well of the House to shout slogans.

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Trinamool’s Derek o’ Brien could be seen demanding an adjournment motion on the price rise. “We want a debate on price rise immediately,” Yechury was heard saying amid chaos in the Upper House.

With assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh approaching, the BSP chief didn’t want to lose any chance to attack the NDA government on the key issue of Dalit safety, and referred to a recent incident in Gujarat’s Una where seven Dalit youth were stripped and beaten publicly.

“Ever since the BJP has formed the government at the Centre, in the country Dailts are being victimized,” she said.

“Anti-social elements assaulted them. But sadly the police and administration didn’t take any step. Gujarat government should have taken steps but it shows the mentality of the BJP. I want to tell the Centre to ask the state to act.”

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced his new ministers to the House. The Rajya Sabha also condemned the recent terror attacks in Istanbul, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and France.

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