Prime Minister Narendra Modi
As political parties vied to appropriate BR Ambedkar’s legacy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government would leave no stone unturned to fulfil his vision and dreams to create a prosperous and inclusive India. Modi, who released two commemorative coins of Rs 125 and Rs 10 as part of Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary celebrations, said that while his contribution to social justice has been recognised, his economic thought and vision has not been fully understood and these were “equally enlightening”. He said the more Ambedkar’s thought was recalled, in the context of issues currently faced by India, the more his vision and his approach to inclusiveness was respected.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In Parliament, during the two-day debate on the Constitution and Ambedkar, the government had come under attack over the comments of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and the intolerance issue.Modi tweeted on Ambedkar’s 60th death anniversary that his views on “harmony and inclusiveness continued to inspire us”. He said Ambedkar and the Constitution should always be discussed and talked about in this country, and the observance of Constitution Day on November 26th, was a step in this direction. He appreciated Ambedkar’s vision on subjects such as women empowerment, India’s federal structure, finance and education.Meanwhile, BSP supremo Mayawati accused NDA government of making hollow statements on Ambedkar saying “indecorous” remarks made against the Dalit community by those holding high offices were ignored by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.”Like the previous Congress government, the present BJP government has done nothing concrete for the followers of Babasaheb but has only made hollow statements,” Mayawati said in a statement issued on Sunday. Her party is taking on union minister VK Singh for his alleged remarks on dalit children who had died.Mayawati said there was a marked difference in what the Modi government practiced and preached. “The latest remarks of Singh have crossed all limits of decency. It is sad that no head of any Constitutional body took notice his statement and initiated any action. We were forced to boycott him at least in the Rajya Sabha,” she said.
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