Mohan Bhagwat Asks BJP Leaders to Stop ‘Drama’ of Dining With Dalits

Following a massive controversy over government’s dalit outreach, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat has hit out at the government over its dalit outreach programme. Speaking at the Vishwa Hindu Parishad meet, Mohan Bhagwat said that instead of the drama of taking food at the homes of Dalits, regular interactions are needed to get rid of caste barriers.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has criticized BJP’s latest attempt at Dalit outreach by dining with Dalit families. The Deccan Chronicle has reported that Bhagwat told a gathering of RSS and VHP leaders in Delhi to desist from the “drama” and instead indulge in regular interactions with the members of the weaker sections to get rid of the caste system.

Bhagwat’s comments come in the wake of a special drive launched by the BJP to blunt the impact of large-scale protests by Dalit groups in the wake of Supreme Court ruling on Prevention of Atrocities Against SC/ST Act.

A BJP Minister from Uttar Pradesh, Suresh Rana, triggered a political controversy after he ate food which he ordered from a 5-star eatery, instead of eating a meal that was cooked by a Dalit family. Rana along with other BJP leaders arrived at the residence of Rajnish Kumar Singh, in Aligarh district’s Lohagadh, around 11 pm on Monday.

The visit was based on the Dalit outreach programme initiated by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). As per the programme, BJP has asked all MPs and MLAs and Union Ministers to spend nights in villages where the population of Dalits is more.

Furthermore, later it turned out, the man at whose house the BJP Minister had dinner, had no clue about the visit. Rajnish Kumar, the man at whose house UP Minister Suresh Rana had dinner said, ‘I didn’t even know they are coming for dinner, they came suddenly. All food, water and cutlery had arranged from outside’

BJP president Amit Shah has visited Dalit and tribal homes on several occasions; so has BJP’s CM face in Karnataka BS Yeddyurappa during the election campaign in the poll-bound state.