At a rally near the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad Friday, Dalit leaders from across Gujarat threatened to teach the BJP “a “lesson” in the 2017 assembly polls. They also called for a Dalit-Muslim alliance ahead of polls. The rally was organised to mark the conclusion of a five-day yatra, launched by the Gujarat Dalit Samman Sangharsh Manch from Junagadh.
The Dalit leaders denounced the state BJP government for not taking adequate and quick action against the culprits involved in Una Dalit flogging incident, warning the BJP of “serious consequences” for the alleged atrocities on Dalits. They also attacked PM Narendra Modi for his “insincere” statements about atrocities on Dalits at the hands of cow vigilantes.
Balu Sarvaiya, whose family members were flogged at Una by alleged gau rakshaks on July 11, was among the speakers at the rally. He said, “The accused had used police baton to beat the youths, but police have not yet been able to trace that danda.”
Gujarat High Court advocate and Dalit activist Rajubhai Solanki stressed the need for strong unity among Dalits, adivasis, OBCs and minorities to “challenge” those in power.