"What has the Congress given us in 60 years? They target Dalits and non-Dalits for vote bank politics. They try to give communal colour or caste angle to everything. It is very unfortunate," Bharatiya Janata Party national secretary Srikant Sharma told reporters here.
"It is very sad to say that we've to invoke the caste issue even in 2016. It has become some kind of a compulsion," the party's media convenor added.
The Congress earlier on Thursday accused the central government of harbouring an "anti-Dalit attitude" towards Hyderabad University research scholar Rohith Vemula's suicide on January 17.
"The Congress never thought about social security. This is the first government which is working for social security. But, the anti-development people cannot digest the government's good work. Be it the incidents in Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka or other places, they have always blamed the Centre, whereas law and order is a state subject," Sharma said.
He added: "Those who indulge in vote bank politics must answer why they remain silent over the violence in Malda (West Bengal). Kejriwalji (Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal) went to Hyderabad, but did he go and meet even one family of the dengue victims in Delhi?"
"They are silent over law and order issues in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. But they blame the Centre for issues it is not even responsible for. This proves their dishonesty," said the BJP leader.