Lucknow Feb 17 : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday lashed out at the opposition parties for politicizing the recent incident of atrocities on Dalits in Mangta village of Kanpur under Gajner police station.
''It was a local dispute which led to the clash in the village in Kanpur and the opposition should refrain from pouring oil on the fire. It is regrettable that the opposition parties always look for drawing political mileage from any incident'', said the chief minister adding ''Our government has worked for the upliftment of every section of society and the government ensured that the benefit of the welfare schemes reached to everyone irrespective of caste and religion.
The opposition parties have used section of society as their vote bank and inflicted immense harm to their overall interests.'' The statement was made by the CM in the state assembly during the zero hour when opposition raised the issue. The opposition countered the Chief Minister, saying that the issue is not of politicizing the incident but of the feudal mindset of the upper caste who still cannot tolerate the upward mobility of the Dalits and their attempts to assert their identity. The opposition parties Samajwadi party, Bahujan Samaj party and Indian National Congress not satisfied with the reply of the Chief Minister staged a walk out from the house. Rebutting the opposition charge Chief Minister said, ''the police took prompt action and FIR under the relevant provisions of the Prevention (of atrocities) against the SC, ST Act was lodged and 13 persons have been arrested and the police is camping in the village.'' He said the accused were arrested even before the leaders of the BSP and the Congress visited the village and Kanpur.
He said the compensation has also been paid to the affected families as per the SC, ST act and the directions have also been issued to the district administration for ensuring the proper treatment of the Dalits injured in the incident. The issue was raised by Lalji Verma of the BSP through an adjournment notice during the zero hour. He said the Dalits of Mangta village had organized Buddh Katha programme in the village after obtaining due permission from the administration.
He further said that the BJP government claims of pursuing the agenda of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas but the fact is earlier minority community was targeted and now Dalits are at the receiving end. The Samajwadi party and the Congress also supported the notice of the BSP. The speaker HN Dikshit later rejected the notice. (UNI)