MLA from Vadgaam and Dalit Activist Jignesh Mevani on Monday demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take immediate action against Union Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Ananth Kumar Hegde for making vitriolic statements against Dalit community.
In an official communique, MLA Jignesh Mewani said the minister has insulted Dalit activists who were staging a protest against his statements in Ballari district by calling them “barking stray dogs”. This shows the Brahmanical and evil mindset of the Sangh Parivar and its functionaries from top to bottom which has no place for Dalits.
What the minister has said is clearly a painful assault on the dignity and self-respect of the Dalits of the country.
He demanded more over this is an offence under Atrocities Act and hence there must be an FIR against him and he is arrested earliest. However, this is not the first time that the minister has made the manuvadi agenda of the BJP clear.
Citing an incident of last month, he said, “At a public programme held in Koppal district, the minister had said ‘the very purpose of the BJP coming to power is to change the Constitution of India’. In the same meeting, he had also described secularists as “people who don’t have an identity of their parental blood” and proposed the changes in the Constitution to do away with the idea of “secularism”.”
He alleged that Minister Hegde is the same person who had encouraged his followers to cleanse the stage with cow urine in his home constituency. Outspoken film actor and critic of Hindutva politics Prakash Raj has too rightly condemned the religious bigotry of the Hindutva fanatics. Addressing another meeting in Belagavi on January 16, he insulted writers and intellectuals by terming them a group of people who call themselves as intellectuals only to seek government benefits. Earlier he had openly called for the elimination of Islam faith from the world by stating that, as long as Islam exists on the earth, there would be no peace in the world.
He demanded to the Prime Minister that this Minister should be dropped who called Dalits as dogs, from his Council of Union Ministers. Clearly, Hegde, who is opposed to the Indian Constitution and the values enshrined in it, had no right to continue as a Minister and even the member of Lok Sabha that functions in accordance with the same Constitution.