Rahul Gandhi lashes out at RSS, BJP for violence against Dalits in Maharashtra

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday lashed out at the BJP and its ideological mentor, RSS, for the raging violence against Dalits in Maharashtra that left one person dead.

Rahul Gandhi
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Gandhi tweeted, “A central pillar of the RSS/BJP’s fascist vision for India is that Dalits should remain at the bottom of Indian society. Una, Rohith Vemula and now Bhima-Koregaon are potent symbols of the resistance.”

Meanwhile, Prakash Ambedkar, the grandson of the Dalit icon in India and the architect of the Indian constitution, BR Ambedkar, has called for a strike in Mumbai on Wednesday to protest the violence against Dalits allegedly by the members of Hindutva outfits.

At least one person was killed and many injured on Monday as the event to mark the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune district was marred by incidents of stone pelting and vandalism.

The annual event is marked to commemorate the victory of the British Army comprising Dalits over the upper-caste Peshwas on 1 January, 1818.

The violence spread to the India’s financial capital on Tuesday with Mumbai being brought to standstill. The Dalit protesters demanded action against those involved in clashes in Pune.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced a judicial probe by a sitting High Court judge and a CID investigation into Monday’s violence in Koregaon-Bhima.

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