Dog analogy: Congress demand’s apology from PM Modi, asks to sack VK Singh

New Delhi(PTI): Reacting to a controversial statement made by VK Singh over the death of Dalit children in Haryana, Congress on Thursday demanded an apology form Prime Minister Narendra Modi and immediate sacking of the Union Minister.

Dog analogy: Congress demand's apology from PM Modi, asks to sack VK Singh

Singh kicked up a storm with his comments that the Centre cannot be blamed if somebody throws a stone at a dog to shield it from criticism for the Faridabad Dalit burning incident, prompting opposition demands for his ouster.

“See, the thing is, never associate local incidents with the Central government (sarkar). There is an inquiry going on.

“For everything…like if somebody throws a stone at a dog, then the government is responsible…it is not like that,” Singh said in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, the constituency he represents in Parliament, while referring to the burning alive of a Dalit family in Haryana’s Faridabad which left two toddlers dead on the intervening night of October 19-20.

Demanded VK Singh’s immediate sacking, Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala said, “It is condemnable, it is shocking, it is inhumane to say the least. General V K Singh has insulted not only the entire Dalit community of this country but all Indians. It reflects the mindset of the Modi government which insults Dalits, which insults the minorities and looks down upon the people who are poor and downtrodden.”

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He also demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi sack him and tender an apology on Singh’s behalf. Surjewala said a criminal case should be registered against the minister under Prevention of Atrocities on Schedule Castes Act.

Senior Congress leader Manish Tewari described the dog analogy used by Singh as “preposterous and abominable”.

“….comparing the death of two little children who were burnt alive to possibly the stoning of a dog…what could be more preposterous and abominable than that. This reflects the mindset of the government,” he said.

Singh, however, later clarified his statement was not intended to draw an analogy between the Faridabad incident and stoning of a dog.

“My statement wasn’t intended 2draw an analogy. My men & I put our lives on the line 4the nation irrespective of caste,creed & religion,” he tweeted.