BJP inaugurated the first of seven Samajik Samrasta Sammelans on Friday, and targeted Opposition Congress for being “unfair” towards architect of the Constitution B R Ambedkar and using his name just for its vote-bank politics.
Launching the Samajik Samrasta Sammelan, being organised by BJP Scheduled Caste Morcha, Chief Minister Anandiben Patel went into a campaign mode for the 2017 Assembly elections and said it was only the BJP government in Gujarat that emulated and converted Ambedkar’s thoughts into actions.
She urged the crowd to vote BJP to power again and also ascertain its victory from the Dani Limda constituency of Ahmedabad, which is currently represented by Congress. It is a reserved SC seat.
“Congress has only used Ambedkar for the vote bank politics. It was only the NDA governments, first led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee and then Narendra Modi, that implemented Ambedkar’s thoughts… The situation in Gujarat improved only after 2001 when Narendra Modi became chief minister of the state,” said Patel.
Referring to “water management, surface water and rain water management” as stressed by Ambedkar in his books, the Chief Minister said the BJP government has “optimised Gujarat’s 1,600 km coastline and the Narmada water grid — the importance of which can only be understood when we compare it with the Great Wall of China and India’s railway network”.
“For 60 years, water management schemes remained in Ambedkar’s books, but it was Narendra Modi who brought this out and started with 42 ports along the 1,600 kilometre long coastline that has employed thousands of fishermen. Not only this, to make Narmada water reach Kutch, the Narendra Modi’s government laid down the water grid which is longer than the one of the seven wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China, which is 8,800 km long and even the railway network by the Britishers who worked on it for 100 years and laid down a network of 1.15 lakh km. The Narmada water grid is 1.25 lakh kilometre long,” she added.
Citing incidents from Ambedkar’s life, social justice minister Ramanlal Vora said, “In 1930, for the first time, British High Commission invited Ambedkar to present his views during the round table conference. But it was Congress that sent a telegram to London in the name of more than 5,000 Dalits, saying that Babasaheb was not a Dalit leader.”
After Ahmedabad, the Sammelan would be taken to six other locations across the state till April 24.