Atal Behari Vajpayee’s efforts ensured Bharat Ratna for Ambedkar: Smriti Irani

AMETHI: Union minister Smriti Irani on Saturday said that it used to be only because of the efforts of former PM Atal Behari Vajpayee and senior BJP chief Lal Krishna Advani that Dalit icon BR Ambedkar used to be conferred the Bharat Ratna award in 1990 all through VP Singh govt.
“Baba Saheb ko Bharat Ratna diye jaane ki charcha tab hui jab VP Singh ki sarkar aayi aur Vajpayee ji aur Advani ji ne nivedan kiya ki Baba Saheb ko sammanit kiya jana chahiye (The communicate of Bharat Ratna being given to Baba Saheb used to be initiated by way of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and LK Advani ),” said Irani, who used to be on a twoday talk over with to Amethi, the parliamentary constituency of Congress president Rahul Gandhi.


In an obvious swipe on the Congress and BSP, Irani said, “Woh log jo Baba Saheb ka jhanda lekar chalne ki baat karte hain... woh log janata janardan ko yeh jawab nahi de payenge ki Bharat Ratna us samay kyo nahi mila jab Congress satta mein thi.(Those who claim to be the flagbearers of Baba Saheb will have to answer public why Bharat Ratna wasn’t conferred upon him when Congress used to be in power),” she said.


Political mavens said Irani’s commentary used to be a pot shot at BSP leader Mayawati who has been cozying up to the Congress to challenge BJP within the run up to 2019 Lok Sabha elections. BSP leader, mavens said, has persistently been accusing the Congress of denying Ambedkar his proper of being honoured with nation’s absolute best civilian award. Mayawati has also been maintaining that her celebration supported VP Singh govt on two stipulations: conferment of nation’s absolute best civilian award, and alertness of Mandal commission report envisaging quota for OBCs. Both BJP and BSP had supported Janata Dal to counter Congress then.


Irani added that BJP govt persisted the custom of honouring Ambedkar by way of installing his picture within the Centrall Hall of Parliament House.


“Modi sarkar ne hi ye tay kiya ki Baba Saheb ka naam itihaas ke pannon mein amar ho,”she said, including that Modi govt had also integrated a special tableau on BR Ambedkar within the Republic Day parade.
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