WHILE ALLEGING that SAD did not let B R Ambedkar embrace Sikhism, Congress protested in the well of the house when a resolution was moved to pay tribute to Ambedkar on his 125th birth anniversary.
Following the protest, the Speaker adjourned the house till Monday.
CLP leader Charanjit Singh Channi claimed that Ambedkar was inclined towards Sikhism but the SAD, led by then president MasterTara Singh, did not allow him to embrace Sikhism.
Making a point in the Assembly, Channi said, “Ambedkar had opened a Khalsa Sikh Missionary College in Mumbai and came to Punjab to embrace Sikhism but Akalis did not want that to happen because they thought if all Dalits would adopt Sikhism then these people would lose power.”
Channi’s statements had triggered protests in the treasury benches with MLA Virsa Singh Valtoha refuting the claim.
Earlier, leader of the house Parkash Singh Badal termed Ambedkar a champion of Dalit Samaj.
In his homage, Badal said the Congress opposed the architect of the Constitution of India.
“The shocking truth is that Congress opposed Ambedkar Sahib’s presence in Constituent Assembly because they did not want a Dalit voice in the country’s destiny. They foiled Baba Saheb’s efforts even to become a Member of the Constituent Assembly from Maharashtra. Fortunately for India, he became a member from Bengal as a non-Congress candidate,” said Badal, adding the Congress similarly opposed Ambedkar in all the parliamentary elections too.
Badal said it was wrong to describe Dr Ambedkar merely as a Dalit messiah, although he was that too.