New Delhi : As Maharashtra struggled today to remain calm during a third consecutive day of caste tension, the government and the Congress exchanged angry accusations in parliament over the alleged targeting of Dalits.
Mallikarjun Kharge of the Congress alleged that "anti-Dalit violence is increasing" and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the caste clashes in Maharashtra is astounding. "He can’t stay mum! He is a ‘mauni baba‘ (mute spectator) on such issues," the Congressman said.
Ananth Kumar of the BJP then retaliated, accusing the Congress of inflaming caste tension. "Instead of praying for peace in Maharashtra, the Congress is applying the divide and rule policy. They have replaced the British in using the policy," he said.