Those attacking Dalits are criminals sent by BJP: Arvind Kejriwal on I-Day Gujarat violence


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind claimed that a “jungle raj” prevailed in Gujarat, citing the recent attacks on Dalits and the Patidar agitation. Kejriwal raised the issue of Dalits who were again attacked at Una yesterday after an Independence Day ceremony, alleging that the government is deliberately organising such attacks.

“When Dalit community members were yesterday returning after Independence Day celebration at Una, they were again attacked and police did nothing. It is obvious that those attacking Dalits repeatedly are criminals sent by the BJP government of Gujarat,” Kejriwal told reporters here.

Arvind Kejriwal
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“It appears that people from different communities in the state are frustrated with the government and are raising their voice as a way of protest. There is a kind of ‘jungle raj’ in Gujarat,” he said.

Kejriwal alleged that the Gujarat government is intolerant towards peaceful protesters, whether they are Dalits or Patidars.

“An environment of oppression prevails in Gujarat…

BJP government should understand that this is a democracy and not dictatorship. People matter. They will teach such a lesson that it will never forget,” he added.

“Government is doing it deliberately. When I came here earlier (to meet Una Dalit atrocity victims), I said it is either government’s failure or government is doing this deliberately. Why otherwise should police remain a mute spectator? They have an order from above that they are our people, don’t do anything to them, we have to teach them a lesson,” he said.

“Whosoever holds peaceful protest, whether they are Patidars or Dalits, are being attacked. They use tools like police to beat them up, then file false FIR against poor people, as a poor person will not even be able to hire a lawyer,” the Delhi Chief Minister added.

Kejriwal was among several political leaders who had visited Una in Gir Somnath district to meet Dalit youths who were attacked by a group of cow vigilantes.