Caste violence in Maharashtra disrupts Rajya Sabha proceedings

RSTV Bureau

Rajya Sabha uproar over Dalit violence in Maharashtra

Rajya Sabha proceedings witnessed multiple adjournments on Wednesday over the issue of caste violence in Maharashtra.

Dalit leaders have been protesting in Maharashtra over the violence during the anniversary celebration of the Bhima-Koregaon battle. Dalit leaders are protesting against the state government’s alleged failure to stop the violence against the Dalits.

As soon as the papers were laid during Zero Hour, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu asked the Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad to speak on the issue after he raised the matter.

As several Opposition members, including those from the Congress and BSP, got up to speak on the issue all at once, the Chiarman adjourned the House till noon amidst some members saying that they had given a notice for holding a discussion on the matter.

When the House reassembled at noon, Congress and BSP members were on their feet again to raise the Maharashtra violence issue.

Naidu said this is not the way as the permission was granted to the Leader of Opposition and some others to speak.

“But you all did not listen. I don’t want to witness this scene,” he said and adjourned the House for the second time till 2 pm.

The House was adjourned for the third time over the same issue when it reconvened at 2 pm.

Maharashtra has been on edge since January 1. On that day, Dalit groups were commemorating 200 years of the Bhima-Koregaon battle, where the combined forces of the then East India Company defeated the Peshwa’s army. Dalits celebrate the British victory as it is believed the Mahar community or the untouchables were part of the British East India Company.

(With inputs from agencies)