Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati has demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi make a statement in Parliament on the issue of atrocities on Dalits.
During her interaction with media persons in national capital on Thursday, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister alleged that the recent statements of the prime minister on Dalits were an exercise in "damage control".
Ahead of UP elections and polls in couple of other states, there have been incidents like the Rohith Vemula episode, the Una attack on youths and other incidents which have affected the Bharatiya Janata Party's image with regard to Dalits, Mayawati claimed.
"Our party wants that rather than expressing sympathy with Dalits, the PM should focus on acting against those who commit atrocities against them," the BSP chief said.
She also demanded that the PM speak on the issue in Parliament.
"If he can speak on it outside, he can also say it in the House," she said.