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PM Narendra Modi’s remarks come soon after Dalit protests over alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act by the Supreme Court.  Photo: HT
PM Narendra Modi’s remarks come soon after Dalit protests over alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act by the Supreme Court. Photo: HT

No other govt honoured B.R. Ambedkar as we did: Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi said his government had given B.R. Ambedkar his rightful place by completing projects conceived in his memory

New Delhi: Hitting out at political parties for politicizing the legacy of B.R. Ambedkar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said no regime had honoured the Dalit icon like his government had.

The prime minister said his government had given Ambedkar his rightful place by completing projects conceived in his memory. The 26, Alipur Road, house where Ambedkar died would be dedicated to the nation on 13 April on the eve of his birth anniversary, Modi said.

He was addressing a gathering at the inauguration of the Western Court annexe meant to provide accommodation to MPs. Lamenting that everyone had dragged Ambedkar’s name for political gains, Modi said it was his government that completed the Ambedkar International Centre though the idea was conceived when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was prime minister.

The previous United Progressive Alliance government had dragged its feet on the project for years, Modi said. The prime minister’s remarks come soon after widespread protests over a Supreme Court verdict putting in place safeguards to prevent misuse of a law to prevent atrocities of SCs and STs.

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