In a massive embarrassment to the Congress party, its ally Jignesh Mevani has been allegedly seen in video criticising Dalit icons.
Times Now has accessed a video that shows Mevani, who is himself a self-proclaimed Dalit leader of Gujarat, criticising Dr Bhimrao Ramji AmbedkarBaba Saheb.
Dr Ambedkar is regarded as the father of the Indian Constitution and is credited with leading a movement for Dalits’ rights and against social discrimination.
The video that unmasks Mevani was recorded in August 2017, said sources.
The sensational video shows Mevani giving a speech in which he questions and criticises the ideology of Dalit icon Dr Ambedkar.
“The Dalit movement needs to understand that the Left wants to evolve a society where there is no caste, creed, and exploitation of any section; then they are your natural ally. And in this particular context, if Dr Ambedkar had some different view, so from that view I might actually have a very different point of view. If what Lenin or Karl Marx have said is not written in stone, then what Dr Ambedkar or Ramasamy Periyar have said is also not written in stone. This has been taught to us by Baba Saheb only,” Mevani is heard saying in the video.