Union Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh has kicked up another storm. The minister made a controversial remark on the killings of Dalits in Ballabhgarh in Haryana.
According to the minister, Centre cannot be blamed for every local incident that occurs but the analogy the minister used while talking about the Ballabhgarh incident has sparked an outrage.
“For everything…like if somebody throws a stone at a dog, then the government is responsible…it is not like that,” Singh said in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh.
“See, the thing is, never associate local incidents with the Central government (sarkar). There is an inquiry going on. There was a dispute between families. The dispute…how did it turn out…where did the administration fail, after these it come to the Centre,” Singh added.
Singh’s comments have drawn sharp attack from the Opposition. The Congress alleged that it was inhuman to have compared throwing a stone at a dog to the incident in Faridabad district where a Dalit family was set on fire alive which left two toddlers dead on the night of October 19.
“It is condemnable, it is shocking, it is inhumane to say the least. General V K Singh has insulted not only the entire Dalit community of this country but all Indians. It reflects the mindset of the Modi government which insults Dalits, which insults the minorities and looks down upon the people who are poor and downtrodden,” Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala said in Delhi.
Congress has demanded that PM Narendra Modi should apologise on Singh’s behalf and sack his minister for his controversial remark. The Congress is also demanding that a criminal case should be registered against Singh under Prevention of Atrocities on Schedule Castes Act.
“….comparing the death of two little children who were burnt alive to possibly the stoning of a dog…what could be more preposterous and abominable than that. This reflects the mindset of the government…To recall the Prime Minister of India made a similar analogy about two years back in an interview to Reuters when he said that if a pup gets crushed under the wheels of a car that needs to be emphasised too. That remark was in the context of the Gujarat pogrom,” Congress leader Manish Tewari lashed out.
The CPI(M) too has cried foul.
“His statement is a clear casteist statement and it comes under the provisions of the prevention of crime against SC Act. Therefore, this gentleman has to be booked under the Act for casteism and casteist comments….Secondly, how can such a man remain in the Central Cabinet. Of course, we all know that Modiji at one time had talked about puppies in relation to a particular community. But at least now that he is Prime Minister, hopefully he will get over his own prejudices and take action against his person,” CPI(M) politburo member Brinda Karat said.
After the outrage, Singh made an attempt to clarify his statement.
“My statement wasn’t intended 2draw an analogy. My men & I put our lives on the line 4the nation irrespective of caste,creed & religion,” VK Singh tweeted.
“As citizens of this gr8 nation v r sensitive but also responsible. Agenda of India is bigger than any single neighborhood or individual,” Singh added.
(With inputs from PTI)