BJP eroding Ambedkar’s legacy, PM Modi playing politics, says Congress

They are simply paying lip service (to Ambedkar), as the prime minister is prone to - time and again, says Congress leader Selja.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2018 15:33 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to Bhimrao Ambedkar on his 127th birth anniversary at Parliament House in New Delhi on Saturday. (PTI Photo)

The Congress on Saturday accused the Bharatya Janata Party (BJP) of ‘eroding’ the legacy of Baba Saheb Ambedkar and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was merely paying him lip service as his party and the RSS have an ‘anti-Dalit mindset’.

Congress leader Selja also charged the prime minister of doing politics over the legacy of the Dalit icon.

“The BJP and RSS have an anti-Dalit mindset as their government has abolished the sub-plan for SC/STs, have talked of ending reservation and amendment to the Constitution which was framed by Ambedkar,” Selja said while addressing a press conference on Ambedkar Jayanti.

“They are simply paying lip service (to Ambedkar), as the prime minister is prone to -- time and again. (It) does not take away the fact that they are trying to erode the legacy of Baba Saheb Ambedkar,” she said.

First Published: Apr 14, 2018 15:32 IST