Vijay Rupani, the new Chief Minister of Gujarat, today asserted that his government will not tolerate any kind of harassment against the Dalit community in the state.
Rupani strongly condemned the flogging of Dalits allegedly by 'gau rakshaks' for skinning a cow carcass at Una and pointed out that the government took immediate action in this case by arresting the culprits.
"My government won't tolerate any type of harassment to Dalits. Immediate actions were taken as the matter was brought to the notice. Not only the culprits were arrested, the government gave compensation and security to the victims," Rupani told a news channel.
Rupani’s predecessor Anandiben Patel was severely criticised for her failure to tackle the controversy over Una incident.
Anandiben Patel submitted her resignation on August 1 citing the age ceiling of 75 years set up by the BJP for its members to hold government positions. Anandiben Patel will be completing 75 years in November this year.
However, it is believed that she was asked to resign following her failure in effectively handling both Hardik Patel-led Patidar agitation as well as flogging of Dalits at Una.