The Congress has gone all-guns-blazing at the BJP over the caste clashes that have rocked Maharashtra since Monday.
After Mallikarjun Kharge's demanded the Prime Minister's response on the clashes as well as on discrimination against Dalits, the leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad addressed a media briefing as well.
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"Since the BJP came to power at the Centre, its effect has been felt in the states also; and whichever state the BJP is in power in, for the last 3-4 years, Dalits are being discriminated against."
Azad named Haryana, UP, and several other states, alleging that caste clashes have increased since the BJP formed governments there.
Turning his attention towards Maharashtra, Azad spoke about the event that took place in Pune on Sunday night to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon following which the clashes began.
"Lakhs of people came to the function at Bhima Koregaon, but the state government was not prepared."
He then proceeded to gloss over the 'street war against caste disputes' speech delivered by Congress ally Jignesh Mevani and alleged that it was the BJP that attacked Dalits.
"BJP's party members attacked Dalits because of which the clashes started."
The senior Congress leader then highlighted an incidence of discrimination against Dalits from Ahmedabad and proceeded to accuse the BJP of blacking-out the media.
"In both houses, BJP has decided to silence certain individuals."
On the matter of who is dividing the country, Azad said:
''Now the entire world knows who has divided and who is dividing, and 24/7, whose agenda is to divide India along caste and religion."
"The only thing BJP has learnt from the British is 'divide and rule'".
On the Congress' stance on the Triple Talaq bill which is set to be tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, Azad said:
"When the bill comes up for discussion at an appropriate time as stated by the government, we will express our opinion."