Split in Modi government on SC/ST Act

New Delhi, Sep 6 : The Narendra Modi government is facing internal dissent over upper caste aggression against the Centre’s amendment of SC/ST Act, as BJP’s prominent Dalit face Udit Raj has warned of a fight back by Dalits if any change in the Act was sought while senior BJP leader Kalraj Mishra contradicted his party’s stand and  said SC/ST Act is being misused and the changes are required to maintain social harmony.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah are concerned over the voices of dissent within the party which are getting louder.Several BJP lawmakers came out in open support of protest rallies to denounce the Atrocities Act, BJP MP tweeted.”Talk about a law that has not been misused. For years we have tolerated this anger, threat and eccentricity, but Dalit society is neither afraid now nor would bow but will fight,”Udit Raj tweeted.

Kalraj Mishra, a veteran MP from Deoria has warned that provisions of the Atrocities Act will have to be looked into if cordial social relations are to be maintained.

“For maintaining the social harmony, SC/ST Act should not be misused. It’s the responsibility of all political parties, including that in power that the provisions of the Act should be re-looked into,” Mishra said in a tweet.

Mishra asserted that the Act is being misused and it is leading to serious social tension.Since all parties had passes the bill unanimously, all of them should reconsider making changes in the Act.

High alert has been issued in 35 districts across Madhya Pradesh in view of the ongoing Bharat Bandh against the Parliament passing an amendment to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act that overruled Supreme Court’s earlier order of diluting it.

Demonstrators stopped trains, blocked roads and burnt effigies and tyres in several districts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh during the ongoing Bharat Bandh protests on Thursday morning called by 35 organisation affiliated to upper caste and OBC communities against the amendment to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act (commonly referred to as the SC/ST Act) . Authorities have imposed Section 144 of CrPc in five districts of Madhya Pradesh ; in Sambhal and Muzaffarnagar  districts of Uttar Pradesh. Schools and petrol pumps will remain shut across districts and internet services are likely to be affected.

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