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Rahul Gandhi should check facts when he is free from winking: Amit Shah

BJP president Amit Shah hit back at Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of having an “anti-Dalit” mindset.

india Updated: Aug 09, 2018 19:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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BJP president Amit Shah said the Prime Minister’s legacy includes “strongest amendments to SC/ST Act”.(PTI File Photo)

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi should check facts when his is “free from winking” and disrupting parliament, said Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah on Thursday, hitting backing at his political rival for criticising the government’s Dalit policies.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “legacy” for Dalits includes “strongest amendments to SC/ST Act” and setting up of the OBC Commission, while the Congress legacy was about insulting Dalit leaders, opposing the Mandal Commission report and blocking a move to empower the OBC body,” said Shah, in a series of four tweets.

Shah made the comments after Gandhi joined a protest at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar and accused Modi of being “anti-Dalit” in his thinking. “Rahul Ji, when you are free from winking and disrupting Parliament, give some time to facts as well. NDA Government, through a Cabinet decision and in Parliament ensured the strongest amendment to the Act. Why are you protesting that?” he said.

He was referring to Gandhi apparently winking in the Lok Sabha after hugging Modi during a debate on the no-confidence motion against the government.

Shah said Gandhi should speak about his party’s treatment of Bhim Rao Ambedkar, Babu Jagjivan Ram and Sitaram Kesari. “Congress way of treating Dalits is patronising and condescending. For years Congress insulted Dalit aspirations.”

“Mr Rahul Gandhi, expecting research and honesty is difficult from you but do read Mr Rajiv Gandhi’s speech during Mandal (row), when he opposed it (its recommendations) tooth & nail. The sense of entitlement and hatred for backward communities comes out so clearly. And today you talk about Dalit welfare!” he said. Rajiv Gandhi, the former prime minister, is Rahul’s father. The Mandal Commission proposed to give 27% reservation in government jobs to members of Other Backward Classes.

First Published: Aug 09, 2018 18:57 IST