Lok Sabha: Opposition Wants To Debate Attacks On Dalits, Govt Says No Need
THE Government on Wednesday rejected the Opposition’s demand for a Lok Sabha debate on the increasing incidents of attacks on Dalits.
Sources said in Wednesday’s Business Advisory Committee meeting, the government refused to list a debate on the issue despite a demand from a united opposition for it. It argued that the matter has already been raised in Parliament.
Sources said that Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan maintained that the issue could be discussed as a “social issue” but the Opposition would make it “political.” Mahajan added that the House should deliberate on “development” issues.
During the BAC meeting on Wednesday, TMC’s Kalyan Banerjee reportedly said that the government should allot time for a discussion on the incidents of assaults on Dalits. Congress’s K C Venugopal, CPM’s Mohammad Salim and BJD’s Tathagata Satpathy backed Banerjee.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the government is “not refusing to discuss” the matter but the House has to discuss the flood situation in the country, Sustainable Development Goals and the functioning of the District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee (DDCMC).
LJP leader Chirag Paswan was present in the BAC meeting but he did not speak on the issue, sources said.
The Una flogging, attacks on Dalits and Muslims by cow-protection vigilante groups was raised in the Lok Sabha by various Opposition MPs during zero hour in the last few days.
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