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!
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        Abhi
        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
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            Dhiraj
            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.
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