SC/ST stamps on police aspirants’ chest: Rahul Gandhi attacks BJP over ‘casteist mentality’,

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Mayawati questions PM Modi’s silence

NEW DELHI: Opposition parties on Monday lashed out at the BJP over the labelling of the candidates for the post of police constables with their respective caste on their chest during a medical examination in Madhya Pradesh on Monday.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on both the BJP and the RSS, accusing them of “attacking the Constitution” through their acts. Taking to Twitter, Rahul said, “The casteist mentality of the BJP government has stabbed the country on its chest. By writing SC/ST on the chest of the youth of Madhya Pradesh, it has attacked the Constitution.”
“This is the thinking of BJP/RSS. This thinking earlier led to tying “handi” (small earthen pot) to their neck, led to tying broom to the body, did not allow them to enter temples. We will defeat this mentality,” he added.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, meanhwile, questioned the “silence” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top BJP leaders and said the incident was “only a fresh example of the saffron party’s newfound love for Dalits for their political gains”.
“Does it suit the BJP and company, and the prime minister himself, to remain silent, (and) not to condemn such a casteist incident,” she asked.
While demanding stringent action against the officials concerned, Mayawati said the Centre must issue strict orders to avoid recurrence of such incidents.
Calling the incident a “criminal act”, Mayawati said it was because of the “casteist” attitude towards the Dalits, tribals and other backward classes that forced people to embrace another religion. The BSP leader was referring to the conversion from Hinduism to Buddhism by a group of Dalits, who were allegedly assaulted by a group of cow vigilantes in Una (Gujarat) last year.
“The BJP needs to realise that besides self-respect, Dalits are also vigilant towards their interests and will never fall into the trap of anyone’s allurements,” she said.
The Dhar incident triggered a controversy after the candidates from the reserved categories were stamped with their caste identification on their bare chests during the three-day medical examination process at the Dhar district hospital. Candidates from the general category were, however, not labelled.—Agencies