Eyes on Gujarat polls, Modi tries to appropriate Ambedkar

PM Modi pays tributes to Ambedkar on his death anniversary

PM Modi pays tributes to Ambedkar on his death anniversary

Prime Minister said that the Congress has done great injustice to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and Sardar Patel, even making it hard for Dr Ambedkar to join the Constituent Assembly. He said the centre would function as a think-tank for inclusive growth, and related socio-economic matters.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar's dream of equality for all especially social equality was yet to be fulfilled.

He said poor people have been empowered by government initiatives such as the RuPay debit card and free gas connections to poor families.

"Baba Saheb's contribution to nation building is very important, there had been attempts to undermine his role, but such attempts were unsuccessful", he said.

"But I see hope in today's generation...."

The PM said the government had developed five places associated with Ambedkar into pilgrimage spots.

The Prime Minister said, BHIM app was launched for the poor and downtrodden and is a great step reflecting the economic development of the country.

Modi's clearly political tirade against the Congress at an event to dedicate an institution named after Dr Ambedkar to the nation comes in the wake of his party facing a huge challenge in wooing Dalit voters in Gujarat. He said that we have still not been able to fulfil the vision of Dr. Ambedkar.

The Prime Minister also mentioned programmes were taking off the ground either on time or ahead of the deadline.

"At 11 AM tomorrow, I will inaugurate the Dr. Ambedkar International Centre at 15 Janpath, Delhi".

The Prime Minister asserted that his call of "New India", is the India which Dr. Ambedkar envisioned, where everyone has equal opportunity and rights, free from caste oppression, and progressing through the strength of technology.

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