Supreme Court’s decision to recall its directions in a 2018 verdict on SC/ST (Prevention of  Atrocities) Act have brought to the fore “bitter life realities” and struggles of Dalit society and also exposed the “Dalit love” of the ruling BJP and Opposition Congress party, said Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati on Wednesday.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday recalled its direction in the March 20, 2018 verdict which had virtually diluted provisions of arrest under the SC/ST Act.

A bench of Justice Adarsh Goel and Justice UU Lalit had admitted a review of the March 20,2018 judgment in Subhash Kashinath Mahajan vs State of Maharashtra. The case pertained to Mahajan, who was the Director of Technical Education in Maharashtra denying a Dalit employee the sanction for prosecuting two non-SC officers who had made untoward entry on his character.

In a series of tweets,the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh said, “The Supreme Court, while restoring the provisions of the SC/ST Act 1989 in its judgement yesterday, has verified facts regarding the bitter life realities and struggles of Dalit society, they specially expose the Dalit love of the ruling BJP and Congress. It is necessary that the country and society remain aware.”

In another tweet, the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister spoke about Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand faring badly on the NITI Ayog’s ranking in terms of school education. “Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand are ranked lowest in the country in terms of school education ranking of the NITI Ayog. Will the parties which have ruled the country and the state for the longest time, especially Congress and BJP be able to give an answer to the public on Gandhi Jayanti today as to why there is such a shameful crisis,” she said.

The SC/ST Act was enacted by the Rajiv Gandhi government in 1989 in addition to the provisions for abolition of untouchability under Article 17 and equality Article 14, 15 of the constitution.