Modi attacks Cong, says party tried to erase Ambedkar's contribution

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Modi was alluding to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's recent temple visits and claims of being a Shiva devotee.

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.

Paying tribute to the stalwart, he said that attempts made to erase Baba Saheb Ambedkar's role failed.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated the Dr. Ambedkar International Centre in the national capital and said that attempts made to undermine the Dalit icon's contribution to nation building by some have proved to be unsuccessful.

Such was the incredible strength of Ambedkar that his philosophy and contribution in nation building could not be erased despite the efforts of some people, the prime minister said in his address.

He, however, lamented that the proposal to establish the Centre was pending for the last 23 years, saying the idea was conceived in 1992. He had laid the foundation stone of this Institute in April 2015.

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"The party that went to seek votes in his name, would not even know this...in any case these days they are more interested in Baba Bhole (Lord Shiva) than Baba Ambedkar", he said. "Even that is okay", he said. Mewani is contesting the Gujarat Assembly polls as an independent candidate from the Vadgam constituency in Banaskantha district and has received support from the Congress and Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party which have not fielded any candidate from the seat, thereby making the election in Vadgam a direct clash between the BJP and Mewani.

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.

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

The Prime Minister recalled Dr. Ambedkar's words, that we should make our political democracy, a social democracy as well.

It will show the way and further discussions on vital issues as well as encourage research, original thinking among the youth, PM Modi had said on Wednesday.