Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday made a surprise visit to a Dalit area in Lucknow and picked up a broom, reacting to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s dig at the Sitapur guest house for sweeping the floor.
Hitting out at the chief minister for her “casteist remarks”, Ms Gandhi Vadra later announced in a tweet that all district committees of the party would clean Valmiki temples on Saturday.
Responding to a question about Mrs Gandhi’s act of sweeping the floor during her detention, Mr Adityanath said earlier in the day that people only want them to be fit for it and they reduce it (the public made them worthy, and made them worthy)
He said during a program on a private TV news channel that these people have no work other than to spread nuisance and negativity.
In response to the chief minister’s remarks, Ms Gandhi landed in a Dalit colony and picked up a broom, saying it was a symbol of simplicity and self-respect.
Broom is an act of self-respect.
– UP Congress (@INCUttarPradesh) 8 October 2021
A Congress spokesperson said that while meeting with the residents of Luv Kush Nagar, the Congress general secretary while cleaning the premises of a Maharishi Valmiki temple there said that crores of women and sanitation workers in the country use brooms daily for cleaning. He also worshiped in the temple.
Ms Gandhi Vadra also told people, “He has not insulted me by saying this, he has insulted all of you because there are crores of Dalit brothers and sisters. Cleaners And they do this thing.”
“I have come here for cleaning work with all of you and let Yogi goYes Know that cleaning and using a broom is an act of self-respect.”
“Today the UP CM showed his anti-Dalit mentality by making a casteist statement. Tomorrow all district Congress committees of UP will clean Lord Valmiki temples. India will not tolerate the insult of crores of Dalits and women of the country,” Ms Gandhi Vadra tweeted. I said while tagging a video of cleaning a premises in Dalit Colony.