Rahul says Modi govt 'anti-Dalit', BJP hits back Aug 10, 2018 0 610 12345 IANSNew DelhiCONGRESS President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accused the Modi government of being anti-Dalit. BJP President Amit Shah hit back saying the Congress must stop treating Dalits with a"patronising and condescending"attitude. "If Modiji had space for Dalits in his heart, then the policies for Dalits would have been different,"Gandhi told a protest rally by Dalits at Jantar Mantar here. He said when Modi was the Gujarat Chief Minister he wrote in a book that"Daliton ko safai karne se anand milta hai"(Dalits feel happy when they do cleaning work)."This is his (Modi's) ideology." Gandhi said the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act was brought by the Congress when his father Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister."But that was allowed to be diluted by Modiji. And the judge who diluted the act was given a promotion,"he said, referring to the appointment of Justice AK Goel as the National Green Tribunal (NGT) Chairman Justices Goel and UU Lalit had in a March 20 ruling laid down stringent safeguards, including provisions for anticipatory bail and a"preliminary enquiry"before registration of a case under the act, citing instances of its abuse for political or personal reasons. The ruling angered Dalits. On July 6, Justice Goel retired from the Supreme Court. On the same day, he was appointed the NGT chairman. The government, however, made an amendment to the 1989 act that overturned the Supreme Court ruling and restored the provision for immediate arrest of an accused. The amendment was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday Gandhi said whereever the BJP was in power, Dalits were being"beaten up and suppressed". POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES 24 killed, thousands displaced as rains, landslides hit Kerala Aug 10, 2018 0 66 AAP admits 'efforts to break party' in Punjab Aug 10, 2018 0 42 Congress demands SC-monitored probe into 'BJP's groundnut scam' Aug 10, 2018 0 49 Kanwariya held for vandalising car in Delhi NEW DELHI Delhi Police on Thursday arrested a youth, who was part of the Kanwariyas, on the charges of vandalizing a car after it brushed one of them, police said. The police identified the accused as Rahul, a resident of .. CPI-M activists hurt in clashes with police in Bengal KOLKATA A number of CPI-M activists sustained injuries in clashes with police at different places in West Bengal on Thursday as Leftists protested in all state districts against the Centre's"imperialist-driven .. Govt shut 28 child adoption centres in six states IANS New Delhi The government has shut down 28 specialised adoption agencies in six states after allegations of illegal adoptions, child abuse and flouting of norms under JJ Act surfaced, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi .. Oppn parties urge President to intervene in NRC issue IANS New Delhi A DELEGATION of opposition parties on Thursday met President Ram Nath Kovind and urged him to ensure that no Indian citizen is left out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. In a memorandum .. Opposition urges police to file FIR against Kejriwal NEW DELHI Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, Vijender Gupta on Thursday urged the police to file an FIR against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and three other AAP ministers for"forcible occupation" of the Lt. .. Congress objects to re-induction of Jayarajan as minister in Kerala IANS THIRUVANANTHAPURAM THE Congress-led opposition in Kerala on Thursday objected to the possible re-induction of CPI-M leader EP Jayarajan into the Pinarayi Vijayan cabinet. On October 14, 2016, just four months ..