Give up 'hypocrisy' of love for Dalits, BJP tells Rahul

Last Updated: Tue, Jun 01, 2010 13:51 hrs

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday asked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to stop his "hypocrisy of love for Dalits" and instead ensure rehabilitation of the 150 families of the community forced out of their homes by upper castes in Haryana.

The party also slammed the state Congress government for its failure.

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"The BJP demands that Rahul Gandhi should immediately stop the hypocrisy of love for Dalits and instead get adequate relief and rehabilitation for the victims' families from the state government headed by Congress party," BJP spokesman Ramnath Kovind told reporters here.

Gandhi on April 29 visited Mirchpur village in Haryana's Hissar where a minor clash between Dalit and Jat youth escalated into an attack on the Dalits and led to torching of about 20 Dalit homes and the death of two members of the community.

"Merely expressing sympathy on the spot by Rahul Gandhi and the Haryana chief minister... shows gross failure of the Congress overnment and exposes its love for Dalits," Kovind said.

The BJP's response comes a day after the Supreme Court sought a response from the Haryana government on action taken to rehabilitate the 150 Dalit families of the village, forced to take refuge in the national capital after the April 21 attack.

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"The Supreme Court's admonition to Haryana government on the atrocities on the Balmiki Samaj in Mirchpur village of Hissar exposes administrative and constitutional failure of the state government," he said.

"Rahul Gandhi posed as the well-wisher of Dalits after meeting victim families and Congress president Sonia Gandhi discharged her responsibility after conveying sympathies towards victim families," Kovind said, adding "all this proved to be a sham."