Rajasthan: BJP distances itself from MLA Bansal's jibe at BR Ambedkar

Bharatpur MLA Vijay Bansal said, "Bhim Rao Ambedkar was made the creator of the Constitution by political people to garner votes."

After protests were carried out by Dalit organizations, Rajasthan BJP has disowned itself from the remark made by its Bharatpur MLA Vijay Bansal.

BJP state spokesperson and Jaipur Mayor Ashok Lahoty, in a statement, said, "This statement can be a personal statement by MLA Vijay Bansal. The party has nothing to do with this statement."

Bansal, while speaking on the occasion of opening ceremony of a private school, on the 125th anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar, had said, "Bhim Rao Ambedkar was made the creator of the Constitution by political people to garner votes."

Members of the Dalit community had protested in Bharatpur demanding arrest of BJP MLA Vijay Bansal for his comment on Dr. B R Ambedkar. The protesting members also demanded his membership from the state Assembly be revoked. They shouted slogans against the BJP MLA and demanded Bansal's arrest for his statement.

However, clearly distancing itself from the remark made by its MLA, the statement issued by the Rajasthan BJP stated, "The BJP clearly believes Baba Bhimrao Ambedkar is the inspirational and creator of Constitution. Not only Bharatiya Janta Party but the entire world accepts his role. This will always be remembered."