Hindustani Awam Morcha-Secular (HAM-S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi on Friday demanded action against Union Minister of State for External Affairs General VK Singh for allegedly comparing ‘Dalit children’ with ‘dogs’.

He said that if Singh has compared the killing of the two Dalit children with dogs, “then Prime Minister Narendra Modi must intervene and take action against his minister.” 

“Action should be taken to send a strong message to all the leaders who make such statements over the atrocities on Dalits,” Manjhi, an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led-National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, said in a statement.

On Thursday, General Singh had made the controversial remark where he compared the "Dalit children" with "dogs" while speaking about the two toddlers who were charred to death in a Haryana village. 

The remark came at a crucial time and it has given Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav an opportunity to attack the BJP, which is trying to consolidate the Dalit and backward voters to win the Bihar elections.

The BJP has partenered with Ram Vilas Paswan led-Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and the HAM-S to woo the backward castes to vote for them in the state, where the first two phases of voting have been wrapped up.