Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday blamed the BJP-RSS for the recent violence at Koregaon-Bhima and the resulting caste tension in Maharashtra. Addressing a public meeting at Sindhkhedraja in Buldhana district of Maharashtra after paying homage to Jijabai, the mother of warrior king Shivaji, the AAP supremo said the Maratha king had worked to achieve an all-inclusive society.The meeting was held on the occasion of Jijabai’s birth anniversary.
“The BJP-RSS (supporters) attacked Dalits at Koregaon Bhima, leading to caste tensions. We condemn this,” he said and alleged, “To instigate riots, on the basis of caste and religion, and rule is the BJP’s creed.”
Dalits visiting a war memorial at Koregaon Bhima in Pune district to commemorate an 1818 battle — in which the army of the East India Company, consisting of Dalit Mahar soldiers, had defeated the forces of the Brahmin Peshwa rulers — had come under attack on 1 January. It had led to protests in various parts of Maharashtra.