Govt walking on path shown by Dr Ambedkar: PM Modi

Bharat Bandh Dalit protestors block trains in Bihar Odisha against SC’s order on SC  ST Act

The Prime Minister announced that the memorial to commemorate Babasaheb Ambedkar, at 26 Alipur Road in New Delhi, which was the last home of Dr Ambedkar, will be inaugurated on the April 13, the eve of his birth anniversary.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated on Wednesday the newly constructed Western Court Annexe here which will serve as transit accommodation for Members of Parliament.

The Congress president also extended his support to the nation-wide bandh called by the Dalit organisations against a Supreme Court ruling on SC/ST Atrocities Act.

Without naming the Congress-led UPA, Modi said it could not happen as the governments that followed Vajpayee showed little interest and ignored Ambedkar and his contributions. He said no other government has done for protecting Ambedkar's legacy like they have done. "But nobody gave him the kind of respect and paid tributes to him as much as this government did", the Prime Minister said. "Working for the poorest of the poor is our mission", Modi said. "At the core of Ambedkar's ideals is harmony and togetherness". On Tuesday, BJP President Amit Shah too strongly defended BJP's credentials and claimed that the party and the government had done much for the cause of the Dalits.

The PM'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. While BJP and central ministers have offered defence of the government, Modi refrained from commenting on the issue in public even as he assured Dalit MPs of BJP and NDA ally, Lok Janshakti chief and Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, about government's plan to appeal the contentious SC order.

"Due to the politically driven manifestations of a microscopic minority of dejected and rejected political parties, crores of innocent people suffered".

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