The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah on Thursday launched a scathing attack on the Congress president Rahul Gandhi, three days after the Dalit Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha overturning the Supreme Court ruling in March.
Questioning his backing to the protest over the Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe Atrocities Bill, Shah said, “Rahul Ji, when you are free from winking and disrupting Parliament, give some time to facts as well. The NDA Government, through a Cabinet decision, and in Parliament ensured the strongest amendment to the ACT. Why are you protesting that?”
Strengthening his act further, the BJP President added, “Mr. Gandhi, expecting research and honesty is difficult from you, but do read Mr Rajiv Gandhi’s speech during Mandal commission, when he opposed it tooth and nail. The sense of entitlement and hatred for backward communities comes out so clearly. And today you talk about Dalit welfare!”
The BJP president further opined, “Is it a co-incidence that the year Mrs Sonia Gandhi joined the Congress, the third Front-Congress Government opposed reservations in promotions and the year Rahul Gandhi becomes Congress President they oppose tough SC/ST Act, and OBC Commission! Anti-backward, mind-set visible.”
The Congress has alleged that the government has passed the bill thinking about the next year’s Lok Sabha elections. The remark came after the ST/SC (prevention of atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2018 was passed in Lok Sabha on Monday.
The Apex Court, in its March 20 ruling, barred immediate arrests in cases registered under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act. Later, the Centre filed a review petition against the ruling, which went in vain as the top court refused to stay its order and asked all parties to submit detailed replies.
In another scathing attack, Arun Jaitley had earlier said that there was no truth in the “wild allegation” against the Modi-led government pertaining to the Rafale aircraft deal. He further opined that it was “reposed lies” by forces that are desperate to prove their existence and relevance.
Jaitley said in a blog, “It was even more reprehensible that this fresh attempt to tarnish the image of the Government should come less than two weeks after the miserable failure of a similar effort in the Parliament.”