Prime Minister said that the Congress has done great injustice to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and Sardar Patel, even making it hard for Dr Ambedkar to join the Constituent Assembly. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said the centre will work as a think-tank in analyzing socio-economic issues of the country, which will help in determining the ways of achieving inclusive growth of India.
Inaugurating the Dr Ambedkar International Centre here, he said, "It is a different matter that they are thinking more of Baba Bhole (Shiva) than Babasaheb... even that is okay". "He has been more influential in the minds of people, much more than the family for which all this was done", Modi said.
"Such was his incredible strength that when years after his demise efforts were made by such people to crush his philosophy, when efforts were made to erase his contribution towards nation-building, his ideals could not be wiped out from people's memory", he said.
Mr. Modi took credit for his government's attempts to develop places related to Dr. Ambedkar into fitting memorials, doing justice to his legacy - be it the house at Alipur in Delhi where he died or his birthplace at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh. He said that this "Panchteerth" is the today's generation's way of paying homage to Dr. Ambedkar.
Modi's clearly political tirade against the Congress at an event to dedicate an institution named after Dr Ambedkar to the nation comes in the wake of his party facing a huge challenge in wooing Dalit voters in Gujarat.
Ambedkar International Centre is a fusion of Buddhist and present-day architecture.
The Prime Minister also mentioned programmes were taking off the ground either on time or ahead of the deadline.
"I bow to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar on his Mahaparinirvan Diwas", the prime minister said on Twitter.