Bhartiya Janata Party’s (BJP) lawmaker Udit Raj had warned the NDA government on Saturday saying that the atrocities against the people of Dalit groups have been rising and that there is a need to do more for them.
Raj insisted that false cases were being slapped against people in BJP-reigned Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh, and said that the people were being ‘tortured at a large scale’.
He supported his comments by saying that he was alerting the ground situation to the government and the party in time to take corrective measures, adding that he was bringing a bad name to the party by going public.
Raj added that there were several Dalit leaders in the party who did not speak out for the fear of losing their party tickets in the next elections.
Raj, on Saturday, took to Twitter and wrote, “Dalits r tortured at large scale after 2ndApril country wide agitation . Peoplefrom badmer,jalore,jaipur,gwalior,meerut , bulandshahr,karoli &other parts calling that not only anti reservatists but police also beating &slapping false cases.”
He claimed that his tweets were being misconducted, and that all this was strengthening the moral support of the party. He wrote, “My tweets r misconstrued that its harming BJP rather it strengthens that at least there r people like me in BJP who r concerned with dalit atrocities after 2 April http://agitation.It will convince Dalits &they will remain with party. Govt will check ant-dalit officer/ people.”
On Sunday, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati too slammed the BJP government and said that the Bharat Bandh called by the Dalit groups has scared the party. She said, “Bharat Bandh protest was largely successful. This has left the BJP scared and authorities in the BJP ruled states have started atrocities towards dalits. Many dalits and members of their families are being arrested. I believe the proud Dalit communities will not forgive the selfish BJP Dalit MPs.”
As per media reports, over 100 people had been arrested in connection with the SC/ST Act and Bharat Bandh protest from several states.