PM Narendra Modi On Reservation Policy and Dalits | Full Speech

Making it clear that there will be no change in the reservation policy for Dalits, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday (March 21) asserted that nobody can snatch their right even as he accused his opponents of spreading “untruths” on the issue. The Prime Minister also compared Constitution architect B R Ambedkar to Martin Luther King who had fought for the rights of blacks. Delivering the Ambedkar Memorial Lecture here, Modi said, “Nothing has ever happened to the reservation for Dalits, tribals, when we are in power but still lies are being spread to mislead people. “When Vajpayeeji became PM, a campaign was run saying reservation will be abolished. He was the Prime Minister for two terms and nothing of that sort happened. “BJP has ruled in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab, and Haryana for many years and the quota policy never suffered a scratch. Yet untruths are being spread. People, who are only interested in doing politics, fail to come out of it,” Modi said. Asserting that quota is the “right” of the Dalits and the underprivileged that nobody can snatch, the Prime Minister noted, “As I had said earlier also that even if Ambedkar appears today, he cannot snatch this very right of yours. What are we before Baba Saheb”. Laying the foundation stone for Ambedkar National memorial, the Prime Minister targeted his political opponents accusing them of “spreading confusion and lies” on the issue and rued that while its “serves their politics”, such things “weaken” the social fabric of the nation. The Prime Minister’s renewed pitch on reservation comes ahead of assembly polls in five states–West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry beginning next month. He repeatedly questioned “why it took 60 years” to do it and reminded that Ambedkar as law minister had to resign from Jawaharlal Nehru’s cabinet owing to lack of backing on the Hindu Code Bill that was a progressive move aimed to codify and reform Hindu personal law in India by giving the women equal rights in many spheres like property. Terming it “injustice” to call Ambedkar only a messiah of Dalits, the Prime Minister said that he was the voice of all marginalised sections and was a “Vishwa Manav” (global personality) and likened him to civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King.

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