New Delhi, Apr 3 (UNI) Accusing the Opposition, especially the Congress, for violence in different parts of the country during the ‘Bharat Bandh’, the government on Tuesday charged the Congress with dividing the country for political gains.
At least eight people were killed and several injured on Monday during the Bharat Bandh called by the Dalit organisations against the recent Supreme Court order over the SC/ST Act.
“(Congress president) Rahul Gandhi talks about the DNA of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and BJP , but it was the Congress, which has done the most to divide the country. For 50 years, people of one family have ruled the country and during this duration, the country has tried to divide through religion, language, community, and every other way,” Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters in the Parliament House premises here.
He alleged that some parties were inciting people to do violence during ‘Bharat Bandh’.
”We were hoping that Rahul Gandhi would appeal to the people of peace, but he did not do this even once,” he said.
Mr Prasad was accompanied by three other Union ministers Thaawar Chand Gehlot, Arjun Ram Meghwal and Vijay Sampla and Bhagirath Prasad, MP of Bhind in Madhya Pradesh where violence took place on Monday.
Mr Gehlot charged that the Opposition with deliberately inciting violence among the people. “People were deliberately incited. Seven people died. There was loss of life and property and arson. The Opposition , especially the Congress, has played a negative role in all this violence,”he said.
He said that the Modi government has started various schemes including the Jan Dhana Yojana, Mudra Yojana, Standup Yojana and Rural Housing Scheme, whose maximum beneficiaries were from the Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe community.
Mr Prasad said in 2016, the present government changed the law in the interest of SC/ STs for the first time, wherein blackening of faces, shaving off moustaches forcibly, making them wear garland of shoes, stopping them from horse riding, stopping them to refill water and converting tribal women to ‘devadasis’ were classified as crime.
Mr Gehlot asked the Congress what they have done for SCs / STs. He alleged that keeping in view the next general elections, the Congress was trying to divide the society once again for political gains and instigating fight between different sections of the society.