Rahul Gandhi seeks V.K. Singh's removal

New Delhi: Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being silent on incidents of intolerance, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday sought union minister V.K. Singh's removal from the ministry for comparing Dalit children with dogs.

Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi

Taking part in a debate in the Lok Sabha on intolerance, Gandhi said the prime minister did not speak on incidents such as the lynching of a Muslim man in Uttar Pradesh and the killing of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in Maharashtra.

He accused Minister of State of External Affairs V.K. Singh of challenging the constitution with his remarks on the incident involving the killing of two Dalit children in Haryana.

"He called Dalit children dogs. He directly challenged the constitution by equating Dalit children with dogs. How does the prime minister allow him to continue (in the council of ministers)?" Gandhi asked.

Singh triggered a huge row in October when he citing the example of a dog's stoning while commenting on the burning of two Dalit children in a Haryana village. He later said he had been misunderstood.

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