Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Wednesday that there has been a sharp decline in attacks on Dalits in Gujarat since the BJP is in power.
“During Congress rule in Gujarat, number of cases of atrocities against Dalits were much high,” Rajnath said.
He also said that nine people have been arrested and four police official have been suspended in connection with the attacks on Dalits in Una in Gujarat.
“Atrocity against Dalits is a social evil. We must take it up as a challenge. I urge all parties to come together to fight this,” Rajnath Singh said in the Lok Sabha.
He also said PM Narendra Modi condemned the attack as soon as he got to know about the incident.
The Congress and other opposition parties, including the Trinamool Congress, tried to corner the government over the ongoing violence against Dalits at Una in Gujarat in Wednesday’s session.
Members, including Congress floor leader Mallikarjun Kharge, tried to raise the issue more than once. However, as Speaker Sumitra Mahajan called for taking up the question hour, opposition members rushed to the well of the house.
Among others, Congress members, including Sushmita Dev and Deepender Singh Hooda, and members also from Left parties raised slogans like “Pradhan mantri jawab do” (Prime Minister must answer)”.
Among Trinamool Congress members, Kalyan Banerjee, Prasun Banerjee and Saugata Roy were seen raising slogans even as their party colleague Sugata Bose wanted to put supplementary questions to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Biju Janata Dal (BJD) members, including floor leader B. Mahtab, were also up on their feet.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, making a statement during zero hour, termed as “unfortunate” the attack on Dalits at Una on July 11.
Condemning the attacks, he said Gujarat Police had acted swiftly and nine people have been arrested so far.