BSP `misusing'' Ambedkar''s name for political gains, says BJP
Indore, Aug 9 (PTI) BJP today criticised the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)
for "misusing" the name of B R Ambedkar for political gains and
stressed it will present the nationalist face of the Dalit icon before
the people."BSP has misused the name of Ambedkar to increase its vote
bank and presented before them only one side of his multi -faceted
personality. Ambedkar was a patriot and BJP will now highlight his
nationalist face among the people," BJP's Anusuchit Jati (SC) Morcha
President Dushyant Kumar Gautam told reporters here.Gautam dismissed
suggestions that in order to spread its base among the Dalits, the
saffron outfit is trying to encash the image of Ambedkar. BJP has
always honoured the "champion of Dalits", he said.He said the Ambedkar
memorial situated at Mhow near here was completed during the BJP's
rule, while it was in dilapidated state during the Congress
Government.Even the house in Delhi where the architect of Indian
Constitution breathed his last was converted into a memorial during
BJP-led NDA Government's regime, Gautam said.He also highlighted that
Ambedkar was conferred `Bharat Ratna', after a long wait of 34 years
after his demise, in the year 1990 when a non-Congress Government was
in power at the Centre.

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