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The Left Front staged a protest against Union Minister of State for External Affairs General (retd.) V.K. Singh for his offensive remark against Dalits when he arrived here on Sunday to launch the Hindi edition of his book, Courage and Conviction.
A few hundred supporters of the Front waved black flags against the Minister and shouted slogans asking the General “to go back.”
Later, Left leaders told The Hindu that Gen. Singh had “no right to tour the country.” “He has insulted the Dalits of this country. We can never let him have a smooth passage in Bengal, even if he is a guest,” senior Left Front leader Anadi Sahoo said.
“The Trinamool’s silence, while the tainted Minister is touring the city, shows they are aligned with the BJP-led government at the Centre,” Mr. Sahoo said.
Countering the charges against the BJP-led government, following the murder of two Dalit children in Faridabad, Gen. Singh said last week that “[even] if a stone is thrown at a dog, then the government is responsible.” The Left Front launched the protest against the comment, even though the Minister issued an apology later. Throughout the day Gen. Singh’s convoy was repeatedly blocked at various traffic intersections and the police had to use force to disperse the demonstrators. Protesters in front of the Governor’s House were arrested.
Asked for his comment on the issue, Gen. Singh said, “My opinion is my opinion.”
From: The Hindu