JD (U) dubs Athawale's concern for Dalits as 'hypocrisy'

New Delhi: The Janata Dal (United) on Thursday dubbed Rajya Sabha MP Ramdas Athawale's concern for Dalits as 'hypocrisy' after the latter demanded that members of the community be allowed to possess firearms given a 'vertical rise' in incidents of 'atrocities' against them.

'If he (Ramdas Athawale) wants to strengthen the Dalits, then he should first quit BJP, because the BJP is an anti-Dalit Party. The very ideology of the BJP is against Dalits. Does Athawale ji consider people as fools? People of India know everything. This is hypocrisy of Athawale ji,' JD(U) leader Ali Anwar told ANI.

Rajya Sabha MP Athawale had earlier demanded that the Dalits should be allowed to possess firearms given a 'vertical rise' in incidents of 'atrocities' against them. The statement comes in wake of suicide of a Dalit research scholar in Hyderabad University.

The RPI (A) leader further said that the party's alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is only political in nature and there are no similarities in ideologies. He further said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should 'immediately sack' Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya amid allegations for his letter to Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani.

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