The Congress on Sunday took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks on atrocities against Dalits by the cow vigilantes and said it was a desperate attempt to save the sinking BJP in Gujarat. Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan said, “The Prime Minister's political angle is understandable; he has lost a Chief Minister, he probably on the verge of losing that state. But our indignation is much higher.”
Earlier in the day, the CPI (M) accused Prime Minister Modi of trying to save Dalit votes by speaking against 'gou rakshaks'. CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat said if the Prime Minister's concern against Dalit violence is real then why no action has been taken against the anti-social elements, adding anger without action is similar to extending patronage. “The Prime Minister's silence was heard in every single Dalit home across India and he has seen reaction on the streets of Gujarat and therefore one month after the horrendous Una incident he has spoken about it. I say that is fake anger because he wants Dalits votes,” said Karat.