Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Saturday said the political class should desist from patronising the backward community and that untouchability won’t simply go away by leaders having food at Dalit homes.
He told reporters here, ”you can have food at anyone’s house, but you cannot patronise them, like Lord Ram having food at Sabri’s house; it is wrong. We have been in politics for a long time and had food at houses of many people, but we never asked anybody’s caste. Pitying them is wrong, and thinking that eating with Dalits will eradicate untouchability is not right.”
“Instead, there should be an effort to solve their basic problems such as (lack of) education, atrocities and development,” he said.
Asked what advise he would give to the BJP in view of the “resentment” among backward communities and farmers ahead of the elections, Paswan, who heads the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), said Dalits, tribals and minority communities form a significant section of the society.
“The BJP has made the SC/ST Act stronger, and this year’s budget was ‘farmer-oriented’ with an increase in Minimum Support Prices. The BJP is working for them, only the perception needs to change,” he said.
He further said, ”the PM’s intention is right, but reports of some untoward incidents put a question mark on his work.”