Sunday, April 4, 2010

[ZESTCaste] AICC secy’s Ambedkar remarks draw RPI ire

AICC secy's Ambedkar remarks draw RPI ire

Express News Service Posted online: Sunday , Apr 04, 2010 at 0202 hrs
Mumbai : RPI has sought the sacking of AICC secretary in charge of
Congress affairs in Maharashtra, Mohan Prakash, for allegedly
disparaging Babasaheb Ambedkar.
On Friday, he reportedly said Ambedkar was included in the Drafting
Committee of the Constituent Assembly because of Gandhiji and
Jawaharlal Nehru. "It is an insult to Ambedkar, who possessed
extraordinary abilities...," former MP and RPI leader Ramdas Athawale
said. "We are planning a Maharashtra bandh in protest. Babasaheb was
not at the mercy of any Congress leader..."

Mohan Prakash, when contacted, said, "There is no question of
insulting... I had said the belief that Congress and Ambedkar were at
loggerheads, was unfounded. I said Ambedkar was elected to the
Constituent Assembly from East Bengal in 1946, but after Partition, it
became part of Pakistan and ceased to be a member. The Congress asked
one of its members to vacate his seat to accommodate him."


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