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Opposition to Corner Govt in Parliament Over Rising Cases of Attacks on Dalits

From Gujarat to Andhra Pradesh, the vigilantes are not heeding any of the advice nor any warning.

Sakshi Khanna | CNN-News18

Updated:August 11, 2016, 9:59 AM IST

New Delhi: The Opposition is planning to corner the Narendra Modi government in Parliament over the issue of rising cases of attacks on Dalits. The attacks are on rise in spite of the Prime Minister making an emotional appeal on atrocities against the community.

On the very day, Modi made an impassioned plea in Telangana seeking an immediate end to violence against Dalits, another case of brutal assault was reported in the adjoining East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh.

Their fault was that the three Dalits carried the carcass of an electrocuted cow to the outskirts of the village and were in the process of skinning the dead animal.

From Gujarat to Andhra Pradesh, the vigilantes are not heeding any of the advice nor any warning.

The resonance of the Andhra attack was heard in Parliament as well. The Bahujan Samaj Party and Congress raised the issue in Rajya Sabha and sought answer from the government…

"I urge Center and the Prime Minister to not show sympathy but take some action," BSP chief Mayawati said.

Claiming that Centre will pay a heavy price for it, Congress MP Renuka Chowdhary said, "No one will tolerate it. It will cost the Central government heavily."

Even in the Bharatiya Janata Party, there seems to be apprehension that recent spurt of violence against Dalits by cow vigilantes has depleted party's political capital in the community.

Even the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh is extremely worried with the developments. Nearly three dozen MPs from Scheduled Castes and backward communities met RSS leaders in a hurriedly called meeting in Delhi on Tuesday evening and apprised the Sangh leadership of the damage already done.

"The Centre has taken a note of the incident. The matter has escalated. This is not just an incident but a mindset and this must be dealt with immediately," BJP MP Udit Raj said.

The incidents of atrocities against Dalits in Andha Pradesh, Gujarat and in other parts can inflict heavy political damage to the BJP in the poll-bound states of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

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