New Delhi, June 3, 2017: A Dalit outfit in Gujarat has planned to prepare a 16-ft-long soap to gift it to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath so that he can bathe with it before meeting Dalits.
According to reports, a newly formed Dr Ambedkar Vechan Pratibandh Samiti outfit said the soap is for Adityanath to cleanse himself.
“The attitude of Yogi Adiyanath indicates his manuvadi (casteist) approach. He needs to cleanse himself of these impurities,”Kirit Rahtod and Kantilal Parmar, members of the samiti, said.
Reportedly, the duo is also associated with Navsarjan – an Ahmedabad-based NGO that fights for Dalit rights.
The soap will be displayed at a public function in Ahmedabad on June 9 before it is packed. Later, it will be sent to UP CM Adityanath in Lucknow.
If the report is to be believed, the soap will be prepared by a woman from the Valmiki community, considered to be the lowest rung within the Dalit community. Meanwhile, while speaking to the IE, Parman and Rahtod did not explain the reason behind the soap being 16 feet long.
This comes after the district administration in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar had distributed soaps, shampoos, and perfumes among the villagers, listed under Scheduled Castes, to make sure they “smell good” when they meet Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath.