Gandhi family insulted Ambedkar, taking credit for laws: Narendra Modi

Modi's comments have come at a time when Rahul Gandhi and Congress have claimed that the UPA government has given the RTI.

By: Press Trust of India | Ahmedabad/lakhimpur Kheri | Updated: April 14, 2014 3:20 pm

Launching a scathing attack on Congress for seeking to pocket the credit of empowering Dalits, Narendra Modi today accused the Gandhi family of stopping implementation of rights given by B R Ambedkar and even “snatching” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s right of free speech.

On the 123rd birth anniversary of architect of the Indian Constitution Ambedkar, the BJP leader slammed Congress for “insulting him” and ignoring the plight of Dalits and backwards in the country.

“It is unfortunate that the Gandhi family has stopped the implementation of rights given by Ambedkar. You are now taking credit for giving rights and enacting laws but Soniaji and Shehzaadeji (Rahul Gandhi), can you tell me who has snatched Prime Minister’s right of free speech. The country wants to know which lock you have put on Manmohan Singh’s mouth,” he said.

Modi’s comments come against the backdrop of revelations made by former PM media adviser Sanjaya Baru in his book that suggest that Sonia Gandhi’s instructions were sought for clearing all files and decisions were taken by her.

Reaching out to the Dalits, Modi said Rahul Gandhi was “insulting the chief architect of the Constitution and the god of Dalits by taking credits for giving rights and enacting laws in the country.”

“Had Ambedkar not been there, then someone like me would not have been standing before you,” he said and even slammed Jawahar Lal Nehru for refusing to buy even 100 copies of a book written by Ambedkar on Lord Buddha, saying the first Prime Minister of the country had a “poisoned mind” against Ambedkar.

Modi said the Congress governments did “maximum insult” to the chief architect of the Indian Constitution and did not give him Bharat Ratna which was given by the NDA government soon after it came to power.

“Three members of the family received Bharat Ratna immediately after their deaths but Parliament did not even have a portrait of Ambedkar till the NDA government put it there,” Modi said.

“Ambedkar spent his whole life for the uplift of Dalits and backward classes. He was instrumental in creating our constitution. But, it is our misfortune that such a ‘Dalit messiah’ is always ignored by Congress leaders,” said Modi in Gandhinagar after paying homage to Ambedkar.

“If someone claims that he has given any right or law for the country, then he is insulting Ambedkar. Those who do not know the Constitution, they are today taking credit for these things due to political reasons,” the Gujarat Chief Minister said referring to Rahul’s various speeches.

Highlighting the alleged plight of Dalits in the country, the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate attacked the Congress, SP and BSP governments in Uttar Pradesh for “crimes against Dalits.”

He cited statistics suggesting that every week 13 Dalits are killed, six are kidnapped, 21 are raped and five homes are torched.

“Even after 60 years of independence, 70 per cent of Dalit women are illiterate. Is this the kind of government you want,” Modi said.

Accusing the Centre of siphoning off coal, the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate said coal is kept out of the house and even beggars don’t steal coal but “this Delhi government has stolen coal as well.”

Taking a dig at the SP-led state government, he said a bull had not allowed Mulayam Singh Yadav’s helicopter to land in the city for a rally. “Netaji aur unke suputrajee (Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav), you are such a strong and big state government, it is not just humans who are unhappy with you, even bulls are unhappy with you. I am worried that if you cannot handle a bull, how will you handle the lions from Gujarat,” Modi said.

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    superfighter smartboy
    Apr 15, 2014 at 6:43 am
    The RSS politics has always been against the Indian Consution, against the values of secularism, democracy as these stand by Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. Right from the time Consuent embly was formed, RSS opposed the same, saying that ‘we’ already have the best of Consutions in the form of Manu Smirit so why a new Consution. It was backed by eulogies for Lord Manu by the RSS ideologue M.S. Golwalkar, who also at the same time has heaped immense praise on the methods of Hitler. Later K. Sudarshan also openly called for sping of Indian consution and bringing Manu Smriti instead.
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    superfighter smartboy
    Apr 15, 2014 at 2:30 am
    There is a backlog of 27,900 vacancies of SCs and STs in the State of Gujarat even today. Even in the city and district of Ahmedabad, from where Shri Narendra Modi has been elected to embly, as many as 3,125 SC students have not been given their SC scholarship also till day. Feku , as usual starts with his lies.. Now he has become a pathological liar. It's a helpless case!
    1. A
      Apr 14, 2014 at 10:32 am
      Man who let his govt machinery not function when 1000s were killed is not the right man to talk about Ambedkar
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        to Abhi
        Apr 14, 2014 at 1:24 pm
        Abhi - your own imagination and bias cannot be a truth. It is well doented fact that the Gujarat Govt called Maharashtra, Rajastan and MP Govts for help and all the three ruled by Congress refused help. Where did you get the 1000s from? Your dream? Less than 1000 were killed in the riots. Post facts and not your dreams
        1. D
          Apr 14, 2014 at 10:36 am
          Narendra Modi is negativism embodied. He has nothing positive to think and say about the Congress. He is instigating people so that he can come to power by hook or crook. In fact he is jealous of the pority and goodwill that Rahul and Sonia and Priyanka enjoy within people of the country. He is afraid of that as it may mar his chances of reaching the top.
        2. V
          Apr 15, 2014 at 1:44 pm
          Why is Bjp throwing big black money 25,000 crores to Paid Biased media, paid workers at rallies, call centres,etc to promote modi.Srimalu caught by EC with 45 crore cash. Modi's aide in MP caught bribing 10 lakhs. what more proof is required.So Power Hungry is BJP. EXPECT MORE SCAMS of 25 lakh crore as their ILLEGAL FUNDING investor would seek illegal favours IF they come to power.How much more money is modi would spent to force his so called "wave" which exists only in TV studios. even Uma Bharti and Murili Manohar says no modi wave.Who is paying for this. Would these so called "investor"/ drug racketeers, etc not seek illegal favour when in power. What do you expect a clean govt.Can modi answer this honestly. THE NATION'S VOTER DESERVES A DEBATE WITH MODI.Nobody can be blind to this.Yeh, kaisa sher hai jo, Janata, voter ke bade sawal ka jawab bhi nahi deta.Aur safe seat doondh that phirta hai.If there was a modi wave, he would be confident to nominate only for one seat.NO MODI WAVE. Bjp is even more corrupt than cong.HAS NO DEVELOPMENT IN GUJARAT. Gujarat govt hiding statistics even on their websites. See those reports on :www.truthofgujarat/WHY NO LOKPAL IN GUJARAT FOR 10 YEARS. OBVIOUSLY, because of Corruption, right .....Dubuious Criminals, Babulal Bokaria is Gujarat Minister. ANY ANSWERS FROM MODI TO VOTERS...Even God answers and heeds to his Bhakta. We want to the point answers, Not HYPE, NOT RHETORIC.As per ADR (ociation of Democratic reforms, BJP HAS 40 % CRIMINALS, SERIOUS RELATED). some of their alliance have 100% criminals). :loksabha.adrindia/BJP and CONG, PAID MEDIA NITPICKING ON AAP, TRYING TO MALIGN THE GOOD WORK and PROMOTING THE CORRUPT AND CRIMINALS.AAP is the Only Hope for the country. Switch off most TV channels and go on Twitter, Facebook (@AamAadmiParty for a complete view as media is not providing a honest view).MOST OF W SYSTEM IS GANGING UP AGAINST AAP TO PREVENT HONEST GOVERNACE and TO CONTINUE THEIR COSY CRONISM.We have lost hope from the chaplusi of most of the media, for money, no more a third estate. Is this Democracry we want ?All going down the drain. Money, Muscle can never buy the Truth.TRUTH WILL PREVAIL.AAP is power to YOU with SWARAJ.Niklo apne makano se, Jung lado Beimano se.May God bless AAP.
        3. b
          Apr 14, 2014 at 2:55 pm
          NaMo is 100 times more por than all the three his combined.
          1. N
            Apr 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm
            to the point, that is why Indians like Modi .....
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