Ahmedabad: Gujarat Congress today alleged
that the Narendra Modi Government was "anti-Dalits and anti-
backward classes" and threatened a state-wide agitation.
"On one hand the UPA Government at the Centre is doing
so much for welfare of the Dalits and the backward classes and
on the other hand the BJP Government in the state is insulting
and making mockery of that community," Gujarat Pradesh
Congress Committee (GPCC) President Siddharth Patel told
"The mentality of the Modi Government is evident from
what the Chief Minister has written in his book `Karmyog`. On
the page 48 he has written about the manual scavengers in an
insulting manner," Patel alleged.
"This is like making mockery of the community and we,
the Congress party, would oppose it, and if necessary, launch
a state-wide agitation."
Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Shaktisinh Gohil
said that while the CM was misleading the people with his
Golden Jubilee celebrations, Dalits in 27 villages of the
state were facing social boycott by upper caste people.
"The Chief Minister cannot protect the rights of poor
Dalits; this shows his anti-Dalit attitude," he added.
Cong attacks Modi over remarks on Nehru
Congress in Gujarat today
criticised Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his remark on
Jawaharlal Nehru`s birthday being celebrated as Children`s
In a statement, Congress leader Arjun Modhvadia said,
"Modi does not have any right to criticise Nehru. He should
focus his attention on solving issues like malnutrition among
children in the state, which had the highest figure as per the
Health and Family Welfare Survey-2009."
"Modi should focus on providing food to around 47 per
cent children of Gujarat, who are suffering from
malnutrition," Modhvadia said.
The Congress leader said the school dropout ratio in
Gujarat is high at 4.2 per cent and Modi must pay attention
to these issues.
Stoking a fresh controversy, Gujarat Chief Minister
Narendra Modi had on June 5 sought to know what good has
Children`s Day done for kids.
"Jawaharlal Nehru was said to be very fond of kids and
his birthday has been christened as Children`s Day. Kids
called him `Nehru Chacha` and it brings images of a benevolent
Nehru flooding our minds. But what good has it done to the
kids?" Modi had asked.