Congress tried to erase Ambedkar’s legacy: Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accused the Congress of obliterating the work done by B.R. Ambedkar in nation-building and for not considering him for ‘Bharat Ratna’ while he was alive.

Speaking at the inauguration of Ambedkar National Memorial here, Modi charged the Congress with limiting the nation’s history to one family and keeping out all those who refused to bow down to them.

“After independence, Congress created such an ecosystem which made country’s history limited to one family. Those who refused to bow down to this ecosystem didn’t find place in books,” Modi said.

“The truth is, after the death of Babasaheb (Ambedkar) Congress even tried to erase his contribution in nation-building. From (Jawaharlal) Nehru to Rajiv Gandhi, Congress conferred everyone with a Bharat Ratna, but it never found Babasaheb worthy of becoming India’s ‘ratna’ (precious stone),” he said.

He also accused Congress of misleading the public with the “rumour” about abolition of reservation.

“Congress can only create confusion… sometimes it is rumour of abolition of reservation, at other time it’s scrapping of the act related to atrocities on SCs and STs. Congress is unflagging in its attempt to cause rift between brothers,” he said.