PM Modi slams parties seeking votes in Ambedkar's name

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Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot, Minister of State Ramdas Athawale and Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Vijay Goel and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

He said centre for Socio Economic Transformation was also a part of this vision and "will be an important centre for research on social and economic issues and will function as a think-tank for inclusive growth, and related socio-economic matters". "Rahul Gandhi must answer this", said the BJP's Sambit Patra.

Hitting out at the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said parties seeking votes in B.R. Ambedkar's name tried to erase his contribution in nation building and did little to build the Ambedkar International Centre conceived 23 years ago.

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"Baba Saheb's contribution to nation building is very important, there had been attempts to undermine his role, but such attempts were unsuccessful", he said.

Vice President M Venkiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Speaker of the Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan also offered tributes to the Father of the Indian Constitution.

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"At 11 AM tomorrow, I will inaugurate the Dr. Ambedkar International Centre at 15 Janpath, Delhi".

The Prime Minister asserted that his call of "New India", is the India which Dr. Ambedkar envisioned, where everyone has equal opportunity and rights, free from caste oppression, and progressing through the strength of technology.

He said the Ambedkar centre will be an inspiration for the promotion of the Dalit icon's thoughts and teachings, and that it will be a fusion of Buddhist and modern architecture.

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