Presidential polls are over and Ramnath Kovind comfortably got elected as the 14th President of the country. But even after the swearing-in for the country’s top post last week, some politicos didn’t miss the chance to remind him his original identity and community he belongs to and owes to – Dalit.
Soon after the swearing-in and day’s programme and formalities, Bahujan Samaj Party President Mayawati launched a scathing attack on Kovind saying, “The act of the new President shows his narrow mentality like that of a RSS person. He should have paid tribute to Dr Ambedkar due to whose efforts he was made the President.”
It seems that Mayawati did not pay heed to Kovind’s speech. Soon after taking the oath, Kovind addressed the nation and in his speech he mentioned Mahatma Gandhi, Bhim Rao Ambedkar and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as patriotic freedom fighters. Just because Kovind did not pay homage to Ambedkar’s statue at the Parliament, she made a mountain out of a molehill!
On the other hand Congress, unable to digest the defeat of UPA candidate, still holds grudges against the President. The party lambasted Kovind for not mentioning Jawaharlal Nehru in his speech.
“This is very sad and unfortunate that he took Jawaharlal Nehru’s cabinet ministers’ name in his speech, but did not mention the name of Nehru Ji who was a freedom fighter and the first prime minister of the country. The President should remember that he is not a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate any more. He is a candidate of India. He has to protect the Constitution of India and rise above and think beyond party politics,” said Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.
According to the party, this is a disrespect to the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the nation. It is evident that the party felt insulted as Kovind mentioned Dr Syama Prasad Mukherjee, who was a minister in Nehru’s cabinet, in his speech but skipped Nehru’s name.
The politicos should remember that the candidate who gets elected for the president’s post does not belong to any party and represents the country as a whole. He is just an Indian and not a Hindu, Muslim or Dalit.
The political parties and politicos irrespective of their ideologies should work to protect the sanctity of the country’s top post instead of politicising the President’s speech. Or else they should pass a referendum to make it mandatory for the person swearing in for the country’s top post to take names of lakhs of freedom fighters who participated in the country’s freedom struggle and gave us the gift of Independent India!