Prime Minister Narendra Modi has “no place for Dalits in his heart and mind”, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said on Thursday in Delhi and vowed that his party will fight for an India where there is place for everybody.
“All Dalits and people from the weaker sections know that the prime minister has no place for Dalits in his heart and mind and wants to crush Dalits. That is why we are standing against him,” Rahul said.
The Congress president was addressing a Dalit protest over the dilution of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi.
“The atrocities act was brought by the Congress and the party will protect it together with everybody,” Rahul said, adding that Dalits are being crushed in Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled states.
“We don’t want an India like this. We want an India in which there should be place for everybody, whether Dalits, poor, tribals or minorities... everybody should progress. We will fight for such an India,” Rahul added.
Meanwhile, Rahul will be visiting Chhattisgarh on Friday to inaugurate the newly built office of the state party in Raipur - Rajiv Bhawan.
The Congress president will also visit Rajasthan on Saturday to launch the party's election campaign for the Assembly election in the state. Here, he will address scores of party leaders and workers from across the state in preparation for the elections.