Virtually putting the Congress on notice over forging an electoral alliance with him, Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar has demanded that the party commit to bringing the RSS, the ideological mentor of the BJP, under the “framework of the Constitution”.
In a letter addressed to Congress’ Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, the Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh (BBM) leader stated the “draft to bring the RSS in the framework of Constitution will be the centre of our discussions with the Congress over seat sharing”.
The Congress is keen to bring Ambedkar’s BBM on board in its bid to bring the like-minded parties from Maharashtra together to take on the BJP in Lok Sabha elections.
Ambedkar, however, formed a front named Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) with Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM, a development that didn’t go down well with the Congress.
The talks between Ambedkar and the Congress are reportedly stuck over the Dalit leader’s demand for 12 Lok Sabha seats and the Congress’ stand to not tie-up with “communal” AIMIM.
In recent past, Ambedkar had moved a proposal seeking to contest elections with the Congress by his side.
Ambedkar stated: “The RSS propagates Hindutva and thoughts of Manusmriti (ancient Hindu legal text). To keep this country secular, RSS should be brought into the framework of Constitution”.
He also wrote the Congress was subtly projecting itself as a soft Hindutva party, which, he said would shrink the space for secular thoughts.
“The party, which once used to follow thoughts of (Mahatma) Gandhi, is now turning out to be a soft Hindutva party,” he stated.
Ambedkar also questioned the “intention” of the state Congress leadership over the “issues” flagged by him.