Coimbatore (TN) : Vowing to protect the rights of Dalits, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said there was no question of scrapping reservation for them and lashed out at the Opposition for spreading “lies” in this regard.
Virtually kicking off his party’s poll campaign for the upcoming Assembly election in Tamil Nadu, Modi told a well attended rally that the Opposition was feeling jittery following the NDA government’s efforts to highlight the achievements of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar.
“Dalits should progress, till the time Dr Ambedkar’s name is there, reservation for Dalits would be there,” he asserted.
Modi said steps like dedicating the first two days of the Winter Session of Parliament to commemorating the 125th birth anniversary of Ambedkar and acquiring the latter’s house in London has rattled the Opposition as it thought the Dalit community was its vote-bank.
He accused the Opposition of unnecessarily blaming the government for all untoward incidents against Dalits.
Referring to steps taken by his government to push growth, he said international bodies like the World Bank and IMF had projected India as among the fastest growing economies. “Across the world, be it organisations like the World Bank or Credit agencies, if there is one country which they see as a bright spot of growth, it is India,” he said. “Imagine how the situation was just two years ago,” he said, adding the government then was mired in scams and scandals.