New Delhi, Dec 7 (IANS) Congress members, led by party vice president Rahul Gandhi, on Tuesday protested outside parliament here, demanding the ouster of Gen V.K. Singh (retd) as union minister for his ‘stoning dogs’ remark after Dalit killings.
“The person who speaks against Dalits has no right to be a minister,” Ghulam Nabi Azad told the media.
“He must be terminated from the position and the prime minister must take a decision to remove him,” he added.
Asked to comment on two Dalit children being burnt to death in Haryana’s Faridabad, the former army chief had said it was a local incident and as it happens, that even if a stone is thrown at a dog, the central government is held responsible. The remark was widely criticised.
Rahul leads Cong protest outside Parl over VK Singh’s remarks
New Delhi (PTI): Congress MPs led by Rahul Gandhi today staged a protest outside Parliament house demanding removal of Union Minister V K Singh for his “dog” remarks.
Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, party leaders Anand Sharma, Deepender Hooda and several others participated in the protest held shortly before the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha assembled for the day.
Later speaking to reporters, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said that they were raising the issue as it was about “the behaviour of a central government minister against a particular community, infact Indians per se”.
He said that Government needs to take action and only giving speeches was not enough.
Singh had kicked up a storm in October with his comments that the Centre cannot be blamed if somebody throws a stone at a dog to shield it from criticism for the Faridabad Dalit burning incident, prompting opposition to demand his ouster.
Singh, who is Minister of State for External Affairs, has been under opposition fire for allegedly using ‘dog analogy’ to refute allegations of inaction levelled against the government in the aftermath of two Dalit children being burned alive in Haryana.
The government side has been insisting that Singh had not made any such comment about Dalits and there is no reason for the Opposition to raise the issue.