Prime Minister Narendra Modi has took on the opposition parties over politicising the legacy of Dr. BR Ambedkar, the architect of India’s constitution, saying no regime had honoured the Dalit icon like his government had.
The Prime Minister’s remarks came hot on the heels of opposition’s criticism of the government on the issue of Supreme Court’s recent ruling on SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act. Several Dalit groups had organised a massive Bharat Bandh this Monday over the issue.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Western Court annexe on Wednesday, the Prime Minister also said his government had given Ambedkar his rightful place by completing projects conceived in his memory.
The 26, Alipur Road house where Ambedkar died would be dedicated to the nation on April 13 on the eve of his birth anniversary, Modi said.
Lamenting that everyone had dragged Ambedkar’s name for political gains, Modi said it was his government that completed the Ambedkar international centre though the idea was conceived when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was prime minister.
The previous UPA government had dragged its feet on the project for years, he said.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan was also present at the occasion to inaugurate the new facility, which is meant to provide accommodation to MPs.
(With inputs from PTI)