Congress puts off mega event on Ambedkar Jayanti

Congress wanted to launch the celebrations in a big way, but Rahul’s unavailability forced it to redraw the schedule.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 14, 2015 7:15 am
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With Rahul Gandhi yet to return from his “sabbatical”, Congress has decided to hold a low-key function on Tuesday to mark the beginning of the year-long celebrations of B R Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary. While, senior leader Sushil Kumar Shinde would attend a function in Mhow, the birth place of Ambedkar, on Tuesday, the party would now kick-off the nationwide celebrations at an event in the Madhya Pradesh town next month, which will be attended by Rahul.

Congress wanted to launch the celebrations in a big way, but Rahul’s unavailability forced it to redraw the schedule.

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Sources said the Congress vice-president was expected to return on Monday, but it now appears that he may return on Wednesday. Congress’s SC department too wanted to organise a public meeting at Talkatora stadium on Amedbkar Jayanti, but the uncertainty over Rahul’s return and preparations for the Kisan Rally on April 19 prompted it to drop the plan.

With RSS and BJP aggressively wooing Dalits, Congress too is leaving no stone unturned to reach out to them, key to its revival, especially in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. And the party is at pains to explain that Ambedkar and Congress cannot be separated — it subtly suggested the Dalit icon would not achieved what he did without the support of Congress’s leadership.

“Ambedkar worked in a close partnership with Congress leaders and shaped the Constitution. This is the message Congress would like to highlight because there is a lot of misinformation that is going on. Congress would like to set the record straight as to how the party had facilitated his entry to the Constituent Assembly and how he worked closely with the Congress leaders,”said K Raju, convener of a high-profile panel set up by party president Sonia Gandhi to chalk out the programmes for the year-long celebrations. Congress said it would counter the propaganda by some Dalit parties that portrayed Ambedkar as “anti-Congress”. His philosophy is 100 per cent in consonance with Congress thought, the party said.

The panel met for the first time Monday. Both Sonia and former PM Manmohan Singh attended the meeting. Sonia said it was Congress which implemented Ambedkar’s “ideals”, be it the implementation of reservation in education and employment for SC and ST, the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and special component plan for SC/STs.

It was decided that Shinde would be sent to Mhow to attend the event, organised by the district Congress committee. Senior Congress leaders A K Antony, Shinde, Mallikarjun Kharge and Raju, who addressed the media, were at pains to explain the absence of Rahul. “Don’t worry about him. He will be there on 19th. Both Congress president and vice-president will attend the rally,” Antony said.

“It is a one-year long celebration. Large number of programmes are there,” he added, downplaying Rahul’s absence.

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    Dipak
    Apr 14, 2015 at 9:09 am
    Sardar Patel respected and worked closely with Dr. Ambedkar. Congress or Sonia or Pappudo doesn't even know who Dr. Ambedkar was.
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      gary george
      Apr 14, 2015 at 11:15 am
      Congress party is full of sycophants, without any backbone for most of them.
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        AM
        Apr 14, 2015 at 9:12 am
        love our politicians, these pony politicians reschedule the celebrations of our doyens to accommodate non-serious and worthless leaders... so much for respect
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          Pavi
          Apr 14, 2015 at 1:29 am
          For Congress, Rahul hi is more important than Ambedkar.
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            Lovely
            Apr 14, 2015 at 8:21 pm
            Congress is allergic to Dr Ambedkar. Nehruji did not like him . Indiraji had put his legacy in deep freezer till VP Singh ji came to power in 1989. It was he who made him ICON . Now there is a sort of rat race to encash his legacy.But now our PM is sincere in his approach.
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              Manjunath
              Apr 14, 2015 at 8:43 am
              Congress-men not even allowed to do su-su till Rahul baba is back.
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                Niladrinath Mohanty
                Apr 14, 2015 at 8:24 am
                This is all power politics whether Congress party or BJP. They do not care for Ambedkar really. Congress party is only for gaining power to rule and is never sincere about morality or principle. The party has become so accustomed to enjoying power that it is restless when out of power even for a short period. This time it looks they will have to wait for a while.
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                  mparayanthil
                  Apr 14, 2015 at 1:29 pm
                  What a joke? a very big applause !!!but it is real whosoever reacts while considering the gravity of the matter in all sense!!!
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                    Asvin Shah
                    Apr 15, 2015 at 5:04 pm
                    read news in english at
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