Indore: 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.