Remarks on Mayawati shows BJP’s anti-Dalit stand: Odisha CM

Remarks on Mayawati shows BJP’s anti-Dalit stand: Odisha CM

Bhubaneswar, July 21 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday hit out at the BJP over the derogatory remarks against BSP chief Mayawati saying that it shows its “anti-Dalit” stand.

He also said such derogatory statement against a national leader is against ‘democratic norms’.

“Such derogatory remarks against a national leader is against the democratic norms. Mayawati is the former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and a Dalit leader, who is respected on the national level,” he said in a statement.

Condemning the remarks, made of BJP leader Dayashankar Singh (who has since been expelled), he said: “The derogatory remarks against Mayawati shows BJP’s anti-Dalit stand.”

Patnaik’s statement comes as his government is under attack from the opposition BJP over the killing of five tribals in crossfire during an anti-Maoist operation by security personnel in Kandhamal on July 8.

Besides, at least 20 children of Juang tribe died due to malnutrition in mineral-rich Jajpur district in last four months, raising questions about the development claims of the state government.

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