Dalits will teach Cong a lesson: Modi

Dalits will teach Cong a lesson: Modi

Launching a blistering attack on the Congress over the way it has treated Dalits, Modi said the party showed no respect for Ambedkar. DH Photo

There is no place for Dalits in the heart of the Congress and they will teach the party a lesson in the upcoming Assembly elections for “betraying” them, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday.

Addressing BJP’s SC/ST/OBC and Slum Morcha workers on his Namo App, the prime minister launched a blistering attack on the Congress over the way it has treated Dalits.

Modi alleged that the Congress used all its power to defeat architect of the Constitution
B R Ambedkar when he contested the Lok Sabha election in 1952 and Bandara Lok Sabha by-election in 1953.

He also said the Congress, when in power, did not confer Bharat Ratna on Ambedkar.

He said the BJP was leaving no stone unturned to fulfill Ambedkar’s dream of an India which takes everybody forward.

Modi said ‘Stand Up’ and ‘Mudra’ Yojanas are playing a major role in the financial empowerment of the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, OBCs and women.

He said the BJP has its governments in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, which have sizeable tribal population.

He said the party’s manifesto for Karnataka elections has details of the programmes its government will undertake for empowerment of the Scheduled Tribes.

In Chitradurga, Mysuru, Uttar Kannada and Bagalkot, the government will set up four  training centres for vocational training of STs, he said.

Modi said the Congress never thought of giving constitutional status to OBC Commission. The Congress, he said, did not allow Parliament to function to block the government’s move to accord constitutional status to the OBC Commission.

The prime minister said his government made provisions of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act more stringent and increased the number of offences listed under it from 22 to 47.

He asked BJP workers to visit the homes of people belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and backward classes to reassure them that the party will work for their welfare.