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World is Looking at Modi’s Gujarat Model: Congress Over Attack on Dalit Wedding Processions

"Narendra Modi and Amit Shah owe an answer to the people of the country as to why the state government failed to take action."

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat Congress Monday accused the BJP government in the state of failing to ensure the safety of Dalits after some of their marriage processions were targeted by members of other communities.

Senior Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia also alleged that the BJP was encouraging elements who were resorting to such acts against the Dalits.

“The entire village should come together to celebrate and be part of marriage celebrations or such happy occasions. The police and the state government should take strong action against those who oppose this. But from what we have witnessed in Gujarat, the ruling BJP encourages such elements who work against Dalits,” Modhwadia claimed.

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“The state government has failed to take concrete action against those attacking Dalits and dividing society. The world is looking at (Prime Minister) Modi’s Gujarat model. Narendra Modi and Amit Shah owe an answer to the people of the country as to why the state government failed to take action,” he said.

“They (PM and Shah) should seek reply from the state government and ask them to ensure this is not repeated,” he said.

Congress state unit president Amit Chavda said a party delegation has sought an appointment with Governor O P Kohli to hand over a memorandum demanding action against the state government.

“It is the responsibility of the government to take action. The BJP government has repeatedly failed to create an environment in the state where Dalits feel safe,” he claimed.

On Sunday a Dalit wedding procession was blocked by members of an upper caste community at Khambisar village of Aravalli district, after which stones were pelted, creating tension in the village.

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In a similar incident, the wedding procession of another Dalit bridegroom had to be provided with police protection on Sunday after members of the OBC Thakor community opposed it.

On Friday last week, Thakor community members had also objected to a wedding procession as the bridegroom was riding a horse on way to the wedding venue.

Reacting to the incidents, BJP MP and Dalit leader Kirit Solanki said he has requested the state government to take immediate action whenever such incidents take place.

“I would request political parties not to make this a political issue and appeal to the people to come together and ensure such incidents don’t happen again,” he said.

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