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New Delhi: Protesting the gruesome atrocities against the Dalits in Haryana, activists of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by senior leader Dilip Pandey and MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj brought out a candle march at Jantar Mantar on Sunday.

Condemning the comments of VK Singh on the Dalits, the party demanded the immediate sacking of the union minister.

“VK Singh’s remarks on Dalits are disgraceful. He should be arrested and sacked,” Pandey said.

Many AAP legislators joined the candle march and denounced the recent murders of two Dalit children in Sunped village of Haryana’s Faridabad district, and the custodial death of a 14-year-old minor Dalit boy at Gohana (Sonepat).

On Monday, a delegation of the AAP will meet the national SC/ST Commission and submit the fact-finding report prepared by the team of party MLAs, who had visited Gohana where a Dalit boy, Vinod, was found dead in mysterious circumstances.

The team found that the boy was picked up by the local police of Gohana in Sonepat district and his body was later dumped at the house of his relatives.

AAP representatives who visited Gohana include Delhi’s Social Welfare Minister Sandeep Kumar, legislators Rajinder Gautam, Rakhi Birla, Vishesh Ravi, Prakash Jarwal, Raju Dhingan and Manoj Kumar.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Modi is anti-Dalit, will defeat BJP in 2019: Rahul Gandhi

Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government of being anti-Dalit and said his party will defeat the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Gandhi, who led his party’s day-long fast at Rajghat to highlight atrocities against Dalits and other communities, said party workers were protesting against an ideology, a way of thinking.

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Rahul Gandhi is against Modi and his rule.

“The atmosphere that has been created in the country, it is due to the ideology of the BJP. BJP’s ideology is to divide the country, crush the Dalits, tribals, minorities. We are against the ideology of the BJP. We are standing against it today, we will stand against it throughout our lives. And we will defeat them in the 2019 elections,” Gandhi told reporters.

Asked about BJP Dalit MPs writing to Modi with their complaints, Gandhi said: “You talk to them in Parliament. They also tell us that Modiji is a casteist person, an anti-Dalit person. He has no place for Dalits in his heart, the whole country knows this. It is not a secret.”

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Gandhi attacked BJP President Amit Shah for likening the coming together of opposition parties to “snakes, mongoose, dogs and cats” climbing a tree trunk to save themselves from floods. He said every person in the country was against the BJP.

“Some days back a BJP leader said that opposition members were animals. The truth is that today every person in the country is standing against the government. The approach that this government has against Dalits, tribals, minorities and farmers, we are standing against it,” he said. Gandhi said the country will not accept that Modi government “spreads violence, hatred in the country… We are standing here against this ideology.”

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Gandhi also accused the government of suppressing and intimidating the media. “You are standing on the other side but in actuality you are standing on our side as we are protecting you also. You are smiling, I know. We are fighting for you as well.” IANS

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