CHENNAI: While paying homage to B.R. Ambedkar here on Saturday, DMK working president M. K. Stalin took a swipe at the BJP government at the centre, alleging that it is hindering Ambedkar’s ideals behind the making of the Indian Constitution.
Urging party workers to “save” the country from BJP, Stalin said, “the BJP-led Centre steered by prime minister Narendra Modi is working in a way (that is) hindering Ambedkar’s ideals which led to the making of the Constitution.”
He said the Centre was working towards “weakening” social justice. After paying homage to Ambedkar on his birth anniversary here, the DMK leader appealed to his cadres and workers of 'frindly parties to take a vow to “end such betrayal.” “Let us take a vow (on the birth anniversary of Ambedkar) to save the country from the BJP government which is trying to saffronise all the (public) spheres against Tamil Nadu through its politics of communalism and linguistic chauvinism,” he said.
In a tweet in Tamil, he credited Ambedkar with having established social justice and equality. Stalin, who is also the Leader of Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, said a DMK-led meeting of leaders of opposition parties would be held on April 16 at the headquarters of his party to deliberate the next course of action on the Cauvery issue.
A rally led by Stalin covering the Cauvery basin regions of Tamil Nadu concluded on February 12 and a petition was submitted to Governor Banwarilal Purohit seeking him to facilitate a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue. Stalin said a “massive protest demonstration” of the Opposition, led by his party, against the “dilution” of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act will also be held on April 16 at Valluvar Kottam here....