Vote-bank politics biggest obstacle in strengthening democracy: Modi

Amid ongoing violence and atrocities against Dalits, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that he is devoted to the development of all the Dalits, oppressed and underprivileged, adding that the biggest obstacle to strengthening democracy in the country was vote-bank politics.
In an interview, Modi said that the agenda of his party is only development, but the people who never wanted this (BJP) government come to power, had problems with that.
“Atrocities against Dalits have no place in a civilised society and the poison of casteism and communal vote banks have already caused enough damage to our country,” Modi said in the interview. Prime Minister also said that there were people who took exception to his devotion to Dalit icon Dr BR Ambedkar. Modi said “All those self-appointed guardians who were trying to create tension in the country did not like this. That Modi is with the Dalits. That Modi devotes himself to tribals. I am devoted to the
development of all the Dalits, oppressed, underprivileged and deprived.”
In an apparent dig at opposition parties, Modi said that “all those who have fed this country the poison of caste divide” have destroyed it, and added, “They must stop giving political tones to social problems. We must go forward with a purpose.”
Speaking about the upcoming Uttar Pradesh elections, Modi said that BJP would fight on the plank of development only. “Our focus will be welfare of farmers, villages, jobs for the youth, maintain peace, unity and brotherhood in our country,” he said. Last month, following the flogging incident in Una and similar episodes in some other states, Modi had come down heavily on the so-called cow protectors, calling them ‘anti-socials’ who should be ‘punished’.

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