Prime News, Karnataka, National, Shivamogga, April 3:- Congress national president Rahul Gandhi today hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “not uttering a word” on the alleged atrocities on Dalits and tribals and “dilution” of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
His remarks at a public meeting here on the fifth leg of his tour of the poll-bound Karnataka came against the backdrop of violence in northern parts of the country during Monday’s protests against the alleged dilution of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
The protests during ‘Bharat bandh’ against the Supreme Court verdict on the issue claimed at least nine lives and left hundreds of persons injured.
“Rohit Vemula is murdered. Dalits are beaten up in Una (Gujarat) but the Prime Minister does not speak a word on it. Atrocities on Dalits and tribals are increasing and the SC/ST act has been diluted. PM Modi prefers not to speak a word,” he said.
Rahul Gandhi compared the status of SC/ST welfare in Karnataka with the Modi government’s actions on the issue.
He claimed that more than half of the money released by the Modi government across the country for SC/ST welfare was being spent by Karnataka itself on the Dalits and tribals.
Before addressing the public meeting, Rahul Gandhi held a roadshow in Shivamogga, with thousands of people standing on the sides of the road to greet him.-(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)