New Delhi: Congress has taken a serious note of the BJP led centre government and Maharashtra government over changing stands. Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said,”Union MoS for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale clearly said that Dalit activists being arrested in Bhima Koregaon violence are injustice and that Elgar Parishad has no connection with the violence. But BJP government in Maharashtra calls Dalit activists ‘Maoists’.”
He also said that if the activists are Maoists, will Modi ji take action against Ramdas Athawale who is a minister in his government? But if Ramdas Athawale is right, will Devendra Fadnavis and Maharashtra government clarify if they are doing injustice to Dalit activists?
Surjewala also spoke about alleged Maoist plot to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi. he said,”It should be investigated who is conspiring against the life of PM of the nation. But R Athawale, a minister in his cabinet, said arrests of Dalit activists is not fair, the same activists who are now being called ‘Maoists’ and accused of planning PM’s assassination.”
Earlier in the day, Athawale said if the five people, arrested by the Pune Police in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence are followers of Ambedkar, then they should not be considered as Naxalites.