Latching on to BJP MP Udit Raj’s criticism of “so-called protectors” of Hinduism, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today asked him and other Dalit MPs to resign from the party in protest against the “countrywide assault” on the community.
In response to jantakareporter.com’s report, Kejriwal said, “Udit ji and all Dalit MPs of BJP shud resign in protest against countrywide assault on Dalits by BJP goons,” the AAP leader tweeted.
Udit ji and all dalit MPs of BJP shud resign in protest against countrywide assault on dalits by BJP goons https://t.co/Rm5NqdB1mP
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 31, 2016
Yesterday, the Dalit leader had said the Hindu religion was in “danger” not because of conversion but because of its “so-called protectors”.
There is no religion in the world where people attack their “own people (from same religion) in the name of the same religion,” he had said, asking “… Why only Dalits come forward whenever atrocities happen against them?”
There were reports recently that following denial of permission to the Dalits by upper caste Hindus to conduct rituals at the ancient Badrakaliyamman temple at Nagapattinam, during the Tamil month of Adi, some Dalits had planned to embrace Islam.
Volunteers of the Tamil Nadu Towheed Jamaat (TNTJ) reportedly distributed copies of the Quran in the village, while a Christian missionary also approached them.
After the reports of their conversion to Islam gained momentum, Hindu Munnani and the Hindu Makkal Katchi reportedly approached them requesting them not to take the step and have been mediating between Dalit families and caste Hindus.
Local Dalit leader said that the village youth suggested converting to Islam after the administration and the police failed to ensure worship rights for them in Bhadra Kaliamman temple.
“We want to perform Mandagapadi, or lead the rituals, on one of the five days of the annual temple festival. But we are denied that right. My parents and grandparents were slaves. I wish my generation does not have to face untouchability and insults. Conversion may be the only option for us,” he said.