Narendra Modi silent over dalit atrocities

Denouncing politics being played in the name of casteism and nepotism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday pitched for a Bharatiya Janata Party government in Uttar Pradesh to promote politics of development but skipped any mention of the raging controversy surrounding Dalits.

“You (people) don’t need those who play politics of casteism and nepotism. You have filled everyone’s pocket but has your pocket been filled.

“My dear youth, nepotism and poison of casteism will not help in development. Support politics of ‘vikasvad’ (development). I am here to urge you to bless me with your support as you have done earlier (in Lok Sabha polls),” he said at a public meeting in an apparent attack on the main opposition parties in the state without naming them.

Exhorting the people of poll-bound Uttar Pradesh to shun politics of family, Modi said, “There has been enough of family and caste politics. You supported everybody. But did they support you as well? Were youth and farmers benefited?”.

In a speech delivered after laying foundation stone for an AIIMS and revival of a sick fertiliser plant, Modi skipped any reference to the raging controversy stoked by one of his party leader’s attack on Mayawati or the violence against Dalits in Gujarat.

He focused his speech on his efforts to boost state’s development.

The prime minister also accused the state’s Samajwadi Party government of being unable to spend the central fund for the state’s health sector and asked people to choose a government next year which could run for them like him.

“I have given Rs 7000 crores to the state. This is not less for the health sector but the state government has only utilised Rs 2850 crores as there is a provision to show utilisation for taking rest amount. This happened as the state government did not have the strength,” Modi said.

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