No question of ending reservation, lies being spread to mislead Dalits: PM

Coimbatore: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today ruled out any possibility of scrapping reservations, saying that a "campaign of lies" has been let loose on the issue of Dalits under a "deliberate conspiracy" to disintegrate the
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India TV News Desk February 03, 2016 8:54 IST

Coimbatore: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today ruled out any possibility of scrapping reservations, saying that a "campaign of lies" has been let loose on the issue of Dalits under a "deliberate conspiracy" to disintegrate the country.

"In the name of Dalits, lies are being spread. Wherever they go, whenever they go, repeatedly, at the top of their voice, they utter lies. A campaign of lies has been let loose to mislead and fool the Dalits,” the PM said in an apparent attack on the Congress.

PM Modi was addressing a public meeting which was expected to launch BJP's campaign for the coming Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu. However, the Prime Minister decided to give local politics a complete miss.

"It is a deliberate conspiracy to disintegrate the country, to make people fight against each other. They are feeling frustrated because power has been taken away from them. They always believed that they (Dalits) are their voters and now Modi is working for them. They fear what to do with Modi. They want to prevent Dalits from backing Modi," he said.

Although PM Modi refrained from taking names, his comments formed a veiled attack on the Congress and its Vice President Rahul Gandhi who recently made two trips to Hyderabad Central University to join protests over the suicide of a Dalit scholar Rohit Vemula.

On Saturday, Gandhi had accused Modi and RSS of trying to crush the spirit of students by imposing "one idea from the top".

Utilising the occasion, the Prime Minister said "lies are also being spread that Modi is going to take away reservation from Dalits, OBCs, oppressed and the depressed. Please listen to me carefully. I assure the nation that nobody can do away with reservation till the name of Dr B R Ambedkar remains alive."

Modi further went on to list various steps and initiatives taken by his government in commemoration of Ambedkar's 125th birth anniversary. Modi underlined that unity, harmony and peace were essential for the country to progress.

Modi also attacked the Congress over stalling Rajya Sabha saying ever since "a tea seller" came to power at the Centre, the opposition party has not been able to reconcile itself to the defeat and loss of power.

"In the last 19 months, there has been no corruption charge against anyone. No scam. They are worried 'what can we do with Modi'. So they decided not to allow Rajya Sabha (to function). We will stall Modi. Several bills are pending there. What is this politics? Don't damage the country," he said in an apparent reference to the stalling of the GST bill by the Congress in the upper house.

The Prime minister said in Lok Sabha the government was able to carry out its business and pass bills. When they came to power, the government decided to scrap 1,800 antiquated laws which were for the benefit of poor.

Modi said the Lok Sabha has already scrapped 700 laws but they are pending in Rajya Sabha. What the Congress is doing is against the poor and deprived of the country.

He said the Lok Sabha has passed a bill to provide for higher bonus payment to poor labour but the Opposition did not allow it to be passed in the Rajya Sabha.

"But the government's priority is to work for the welfare of Dalits, backwards, the oppressed and the depressed. From our side, we will not spare any efforts," Modi said.

He said that not a single day has passed since they came to power without a good initiative from the government in the interest of the poor.

 
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