Union Minister VK Singh’s remarks on the Faridabad Dalit killings can incite repercussions in the ongoing Bihar Assembly elections. Gen Singh’s remarks were condemned and criticised by leaders like Lalu Prasad Yadav, Nitish Kumar and Jitan Ram Manjhi.
While Lalu and Nitish are fighting together as part of the ‘Grand Alliance’ in the elections, Manjhi, has allied with the BJP as part of the NDA alliance.
On Twitter, Nitish spoke out, “Aghast at the senseless comment made by some BJP leaders including Union Minister on tragic Dalit killings in Haryana.”
His ally, Lalu Prasad who is also quite active on Twitter, was scathing in his remarks too.
“What VK Singh has said is the root ideology of the BJP. BJP-RSS tends to consider those leaders great who continue to abuse Dalits,” wrote Lalu.
BJP’s key ally and a powerful Mahadalit leader Manjhi was unsparing of the former Army General too who is now a Minister of State for External Affairs. He also urged the Prime Minister to initiate action against Singh.
“If V K Singh has compared the incident of burning of Dalits with (burning of) dogs, the Prime Minister should take cognisance of it and initiate appropriate action against him,” Manjhi said in a statement. “So that no leader dares to make such a statement on incident of atrocities on Dalits.”
Gen Singh, on Thursday, had told reporters in Ghaziabad: “Kabhi sthaniya ghatnaon ka sarkar se talluk mat rakhiye. Uske upar inquiry chal rahi hain. Parivaron ke beech mathbhed tha.. voh mathbhed kis roop mein parivartit hua, kahan par intazamiyan ka failure hain, administration ka? Uske bad voh sarkar ke upar aata hain (Never associate local incidents with the Central Government. There is an inquiry going on. There was a dispute between families. The dispute…how did it turn out…where did the arrangements fail, the administration? After all this, it falls upon the Central Government).”
He added: “To har cheez par, ki wahan par pathar maar diya kutte ko to, sarkar jimmewaar hai. Aisa nahi hai. (For everything…like if somebody throws a stone at a dog, then the Central Government is responsible…it is not like that)”.
The Aam Aadmi Party, outraged by the comments, even filed a police complaint against Gen Singh.