General VK Singh’s comments making light of the murder of two dalit children in Haryana is fast becoming a big election issue in Bihar. Leaders from the anti-BJP alliance have begun launching attacks with a view extract the much-needed electoral mileage.
After Nitish Kumar’s blistering attack yesterday, it’s the turn of his ally and the RJD leader, Lalu Prasad Yadav, who has asked those ‘insulting dalits’ to drown themselves in ‘chullu bhar paani.’
He told reporters, “Atrocities are being committed against dalits and weaker sections in BJP ruled states. VK Singh ne byaan dia,kutton ko patthar fenka jaaye to isme PM ka dosh nhi;Chullu bhar paani mein doob jaana chahiye in logon ko (VK Singh said that how was PM responsible if someone threw stones at dogs. Such leaders should die of shame.)”
On Thursday, General Singh, a cabinet minister in Narendra Modi’s government, had sparked off a controversy by likening the murder of two dalit children to that of pelting stones at dogs.
He tweeted, ““Aghast at the senseless comment made by some BJP leaders including Union Minister on tragic Dalit killings in Haryana.”
Delhi chief minister too had called for his removal from the cabinet adding that an FIR must be filed under the SC/ST act against him.
The dominating theme of the huge social media outrage was that this development was likely to badly hurt the poll prospects of BJP in Bihar, where dalit votes are crucial for any alliance to win the elections.