Cong responsible if Dalits face atrocities even 70 yrs after independence: Paswan

NEW DELHI: Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan today launched a counter-attack on Rahul Gandhi, saying the Congress party is responsible if Dalits are still facing atrocities even after 70 years of independence.
Countering Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s charge of rising incidents of anti-Dalit attacks under the present BJP regime, the LJP chief said the Narendra Modi Government has strengthened the legal framework to prevent atrocities against SCs and STs.
The Centre will not hesitate to bring an ordinance if its review petition against the Supreme Court diluting the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act fails, he added.
“If even after 70 years of independence, Dalits are stopped from riding horses and Ambedkar’s statues are vandalised, then who is responsible? Is 48 year-Government responsible or 48 months Government responsible,” Paswan told reporters here in an apparent dig at the Congress.
Paswan also stressed on the need to change the people’s mindset towards Dalits to end discrimination against them. (AGENCIES)