Monday, June 20, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Uddhav swears by Ambedkar’s Constitution

Uddhav swears by Ambedkar's Constitution
Ambarish Mishra, TNN | Jun 20, 2011, 06.56am IST

MUMBAI: Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday slammed
the ruling Congress-NCP alliance in Maharashtra for using the caste
card for electoral gains.

"The Congress-NCP accuses the Sena of being a Hindu party. We have
never concealed our Hindutva agenda. But, the Congress-NCP remembers
the Dalits, tribals and Muslims only during polls. If the Congress is
so keen to uphold secularism, it should stop the practice of a witness
testifying in the court of law by placing the hand on the Gita or the
Bible. This practice should be discontinued and the holy book should
be replaced with the Constitution of India authored by Dr B R
Ambedkar," he added. Uddhav was addressing a meeting to mark the
Sena's 45th anniversary . The Republican Party of India (RPI) leader
Ramdas Athavale, the Sena's latest ally in Maharashtra, was the star
attraction at the conclave. Stating that the country was passing
through a rough patch, Thackeray said the Sena-BJP-RPI alliance would
unseat the Congress-NCP alliance from office. "The Congress-NCP
alliance has lost its sense of responsibility. The entire state is
rudderless. The Sena-BJP-RPI alliance will provide a viable
alternative ,'' he added.

Uddhav urged Athavale to ink a permanent poll pact with the Sena.
Athavale's RPI faction is yet to make up its mind on the issue.
Speaking at a public meeting in Mumbai, Athavale had said that his
party will decide on an electoral alliance with the Sena by October.

Athavale gave a clean chit to the Sena on the renaming of the
Marathwada university after Dr Ambedkar. The issue had sparked
anti-Dalit riots in Marathwada in the 1980s and the Sena was accused
of pitting caste Hindus against Dalits . "The Sena was not responsible
for torching the houses of Dalits," Athavale said. The renaming
controversy is being used by the Congress-NCP combine to create an
ideological rift between the Sena and the RPI.


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