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AAP protests attack on councillor

delhi Updated: Jun 12, 2016 06:33 IST

NEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs and volunteers on Sunday staged a protest outside the BJP national headquarters against the attack on their Dalit councillor Rakesh Kumar, allegedly by BJP councillors.

The convener of the party’s Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe wing, MLA Rajendra Gautam, said, “The BJP has an anti-Dalit mindset and it has shown it time and again. The BJP always wants the society to be divided along the lines of caste and religion. By hurting the sentiments of the Dalit community, the BJP has proved its anti-Dalit mindset,” he said.

AAP has also approached the National Commission for Schedule Castes to take action against those responsible for the incident.

On June 9, Kumar, an AAP councillor, was allegedly assaulted by BJP members at a joint session of the three BJP-ruled municipal corporations.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal also raised the issue in the Delhi Assembly on Friday and alleged that Kumar was beaten up because members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could not accept that a Dalit was sitting with them.

First Published: Jun 12, 2016 06:33 IST