NEW DELHI: On a day when Prime Minister
hit out at West Bengal Chief Minister
for being ‘tight-lipped’ over her party colleague Sujata Mondal Khan’s allegedly disparaging remarks against Dalits, BJP on Monday upped the ante against
and announced to hold major protests against the party in the poll-bound state.
The controversy, which erupted after Mondal recently equated the Dalit community with “beggars”, could be significant in the remaining four phases of polls in the state with 15 reserved (SC) seats due for polling.
At a poll rally in Bardhamaan, the PM said Mamata
had insulted the SC community by remaining silent over offensive remarks of her party colleague.
“Baba Sahab Ambedkar's soul must be pained listening to Didi's bitter words. April 14 is the birth anniversary of Baba Ambedkar and at such a time this insult is hurled upon him by Didi. No one can think that such statements can come from the land of Bengal,”
told the rally.
He took a dig at Banerjee for calling herself Royal Bengal Tiger and asked whether any leader from
can give any statement against Dalits without her approval.
"Didi calls herself Royal Bengal Tiger. Without Didi's approval, no one can give such a comment against our SC brothers and sisters. Our Dalit brothers were called beggars but Didi did not apologize and did not condemn," the PM said.
In national capital, Rajya Sabha MP and party general secretary Dushyant Gautam led a delegation of Dalit MPs and approached the SC Commission seeking action against the Trinamool Congress and its leader.
“What she (Khan) has said is deeply insulting. She said the scheduled castes are beggars by nature. The community is supporting BJP due to our welfare policies. What she has said is reflective of the TMC's and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's mindset," Gautam told reporters after meeting the SC Commission chairman Vijay Sampla.
“West Bengal does not even have an SC commission where Dalits can lodge their complaints,” Gautam said, targeting Banerjee. He said the Modi government has worked for all sections of society without any discrimination, and that is why BJP is receiving support from every community.
A BJP delegation under Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had on Sunday approached the
seeking action against TMC candidate Sujata Mondal Khan for her remarks.