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Evening brief: PM Modi invokes Ambedkar to target Cong, Odisha CM's aide attacks Sambit Patra; all latest news

May 21, 2024 06:23 PM IST

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday accused India's first prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru of ‘opposing’ reservations for the deprived castes. Addressing a rally in Bihar's Motihari, the prime minister said,"Had it not been for Baba Saheb Ambedkar, Nehru would have never agreed to quotas for SCs, STs and OBCs. Nehru had made his views clear on the issue in letters he wrote to the then chief ministers in the country." "This has been the Congress' trait under successive prime ministers. Be it, Indira Gandhi or Rajiv Gandhi, they all opposed reservations. SCs, STs and OBCs have never got respect from the Congress", Modi was quoted by PTI as saying. Modi made the allegation while lashing out at the opposition parties including Congress, accusing them of spreading a "falsehood" that the BJP, upon return to power with a brute majority, could scrap quotas by changing the Constitution. Dig Deeper

Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Bureaucrat-turned-politician and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader VK Pandian on Tuesday took a dig at BJP leader Sambit Patra over his decision to undertake penance by observing fast for three days, saying the Puri Lok Sabha candidate should take care and eat properly because of prevailing heat and dust. Sambit Patra courted controversy by calling Lord Jagganath, a revered deity in Odisha, an ardent ‘bhakt’ (devotee) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After a huge uproar over what he termed a “slip of tongue”, Patra on Tuesday apologised and announced he would undertake penance by observing fast for three days. Taking to X, Patra said: "…For this mistake, I apologise at the feet of Lord Sri Jagannath. I will fast for the next three days to atone for this mistake." Dig Deeper

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