Unleashing a scathing but veiled attack on the Congress, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has said that even now he was a ‘victim of untouchability’.
Standing in the midst of over one lakh activists of the Kerala Pulayar Mahajana Sabha (KPMS), the Gujarat Chief Minister said those who were in power for the last 60 years have followed “a divide and rule policy to keep the Dalits away from power.” Highlighting the days when the Dalits had little space to hold conference or raise their demands, he said even after 100 years, the social stigma still exists.
“SNDP Yogam general secretary Vellappally Natesan told me that the Mayor was supposed to attend the function. But he did not turn up. Even now I am a victim of untouchability.”
Inaugurating the centenary celebrations of the historic ‘Kayal sammelanam’ of the KPMS here on Sunday, Modi said the time was ripe to counter the conception that only one family did every thing for the country. “For the past 60 years, we were made to believe that only a single family toiled hard for the country while others did nothing,” he said.Coming down heavily on Justice Ranganath Mishra Commission, Modi said the Commission is sowing the seeds of poison.
“When I assumed power I did nothing for my family. But, now if you send me to Delhi, I would like to do something for my ‘family’ comprising Dalits, tribals, poor, oppressed and all other backwards in front of me,” Modi said amidst thunderous applause.
Mentioning social reformers Pandit Karuppan, Ayyankali and Sree Narayana Guru, Modi said most of the reformers were either Dalits, or from backward communities or those who have spent their lives for the downtrodden.