- Siddaramaiah retweeted Rahul Gandhi with a comment of his own
- PM Modi said Congress doesn't care about "dil" (hearts) or Dalits
- Dalits influence the outcome in 63 of Karnataka's 224 seats
Mr Siddaramaiah, whose tweets have taken a quantum jump in terms of sting and frequency, retweeted party chief Rahul Gandhi today with a comment of his own.
What Dalits need are not empty outreach strategies like having meals with them.— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) May 6, 2018
What they need is empowerment with dignity and justice.
Will you take affirmative action or will you continue to send your leaders to Dalit homes with packed dinners? #AnswerMaadiModihttps://t.co/430b5iBLto
In Karnataka, Dalits influence the outcome in 63 of the state's 224 seats. The number has ensured a race for Dalit votes.
In his speech at Chitradurga today, PM Modi hit back, saying the Congress does not care about "dil" (people's hearts and feelings) or the Dalits. "They only care about deals," he said.
Mr Gandhi's post, which was retweeted by Mr Siddaramaiah, contained a video that attacked the BJP for "horrific untouchability and violence against the Dalits" from its opening caption.
Last week, Uttar Pradesh minister Suresh Raina had gone to a Dalit home for a meal -- carrying packed lunches complete with cutlery. As photos of the catered meal appeared and the family claimed he had turned up "uninvited', the minister claimed he had made extra arrangements to accommodate his large entourage.
His cabinet colleague Rajendra Pratap Singh compared BJP leaders -- himself included -- to "Lord Ram" for going to Dalit homes and eating with them.
Union Minister Uma Bharti said she never participates in such meals as she doesn't believe she is Lord Ram "blessing" Dalits.
A third UP minister spoke about how her colleagues were enduring mosquito bites in Dalit homes to ensure that the community receives government benefits.
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