Congress questions PM Narendra Modi's 'stoic silence' on Dalit concerns

PM Modi to interact with workers on BJP's 38th foundation day

BJP MPs to observe fast to protest impasse in Parliament: PM Modi

Raj, an IRS officer who resigned to join politics in 2003, followed it up with another on Sunday afternoon, which appeared as a clarification but left with scope for interpretation, with some suggesting it exposed the anti-Dalit stand of the party.

Accrediting the BJP's journey from "Shunya" to "Shikhar", to the party workers' efforts, Prime Minister said, "It is our Karyakartas who have fulfilled Atal Ji's words- Andhera Chhatega, Suraj Niklega, Kamal Khilega".

During the interaction, PM Modi will listen to the ideas of the party workers, and also discuss the schemes related to welfare of poor people.

The BJP, Modi said, will observe the birth anniversary of Jyotiba Phule, a social reformer who came from a backward caste, on as "Samta Diwas" (equality day). "But today, we the Dalit MP's of BJP have to face our constituents and are unable to reply to their questions". The other Opposition parties, including the Congress, Trinamool Congress, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, started off by seeking a debate on the Nirav Modi-Punjab National Bank fraud case but subsequently joined the Telugu Desam Party in moving a no-confidence motion against the Modi government.

Modi told party MPs to spend at least "two nights in Dalit-dominated villages and "restore" the faith of the community in BJP" while addressing them during a parliamentary meeting held on Friday, The Indian Express reported.

He will also take queries from them. It is being seen now that it is turning more violent as well. This is not because we made a mistake.

Singh appealed Modi to consider the lack of Dalit representation in the judiciary, which leads to "judicial orders which adversely impact the community".

On the occasion of Bharatiya Janata Party's 38th foundation day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday interacted with district BJP Presidents of all districts across the country, in a special programme. He further urged the BJP workers to refrain from saying or doing anything that lowers India's political discourse.

It is not run on caste and family lines, and has a tradition of taking everyone along, he said.

"The session sent out an unmistakable message that everyone is gearing up for the great electoral battle next year", said Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien.

Calling upon party lawmakers and ministers expose such parties, he said such a disruption during a prime minister's speech was unprecedented.

The proceedings of the Lok Sabha were disrupted every day of this session.

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