New Delhi: In an apparent jibe at actor Aamir Khan, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said B R Ambedkar had never thought of leaving the country despite being subjected to insult and discrimination.
“Despite facing insult and discrimination, he still presented an objective point of view on the constitution though he was hurt by the treatment. He never thought of leaving India for any other country,” Singh said while initating a debate in Lok Sabha on committment to the Constitution.
His remarks drew immediate reaction from the Opposition parties, including the Congress and the Left.
The comments by Singh was viewed as an apparent response to actor Aamir Khan’s statement that his wife did not feel safe for their child and had also thought of leaving the country. Aamir later made it clear that he or his family would never leave India.
Both the Houses of Parliament are holding a special sitting for two days on the anniversary of adoption of the Constitution by the Constituent Assembly this day in 1949.
In response to Singh’s remarks, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, said, “Who said he wanted to leave the country? He never wanted to leave the country. You have come from outside. You Aryans have come here from outside. We are here for the last 5,000 years and have been here suffering attacks. And we will be here,” Kharge said.