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Bhima Koregaon: The resolution of dispute between Dalits & Marathas is a major embarrassment for the Congress
As per a report in The New Indian express, a meeting between Dalits and Marathas took place on Friday at Vadhu Budruk village for diffusing the prevailing tension between the two communities over the Bhima Koregaon issue.

In this meeting, an amicable solution was reached. Accordingly, the Dalits agreed to withdraw all the cases under atrocity law and the Marathas reciprocated by agreeing to rebuild the tomb of Govind Gopal Mahar, the vandalization of which had triggered the violence.

Both sides also decided not to let outsiders intervene in the internal matters of the village. In fact, according to many other news reports, both the Dalit and Maratha communities united in blaming outsiders for creating a riot-like situation.

Please refer to my previous article titled 'Dalits Vs Marathas: Misinformation & fabricated narratives must stop' published on January 5, 2017 on where I have clearly mentioned the reason behind the dispute. Unfortunately politicians especially the Congress fanned the fire of hatred between the Marathas and Dalits. In fact, another article titled 'Bhima-Koregaon violence: Congress-backed leaders like Jignesh Mevani and Umar Khalid threatening India's social fabric' published on the same platform on January 4 also expresses the same concern.

All non-BJP parties including the Congress perhaps don't have any other issue to challenge Narendra Modi and so are attempting to divide the people across caste, creed etc.

Jignesh Mevani is one of the main culprits involved in instigating the communities to take to the streets. He is a Dalit leader from Gujarat who in alliance with the Congress won against the incumbent BJP in the recently concluded Assembly elections. Even during the elections, the BJP had alleged that the Popular Front of India had provided funds to Jignesh Mevani. Shockingly, PFI is under scrutiny from NIA for alleged links with ISI and other Islamic terror groups. Moreover, it is also not clear whether he is a true Dalit leader or not. Recently a video surfaced in which Jignesh Mevani is seen speaking at the Hyderabad University in August last year. In the video he is heard denouncing Baba Saheb Ambedkar's policies. During the course of his speech, he also insults Mayawati, who is still a great Dalit icon.

Regarding Umar Khalid, I need not say more. He's the main leader of 'Bharat tere tukde honge gang' which is anti-national.

Congress is now distancing itself from both Khalid and Mevani. The party has said that while it doesn't have any relation with Umar Khalid, it just has an electoral alliance with Mevani. But then, why did Rahul Gandhi tweet to fuel the hatred? If the Congress has no role in Mewani's provocative statements then why Rahul Gandhi's close aide Alankar Sawai was present during Mevani's press conference and ran away when journalists chased him?

This reconciliation between the Maratha and Dalit communities comes as a major embarrassment for the Congress.

Rahul Gandhi must understand that he can't challenge Narendra Modi through politics of hatred. The party can't harp on people like Mevani who threaten to destroy India.

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