Pune: “There is an ongoing conspiracy to incite riots on the anti-reservation issue in order to delay the general elections,” alleged Prakash Ambedkar, President of Bharatiya Republican Party, at a public rally in the city on Saturday.
Ambedkar was speaking at the seventh annual convention at All India Vimukta Jati (Denotified Tribes) and Nomadic Tribes (VJNT) at SSPMS Grounds on Saturday.
Ambedkar further added that he fears that riots will break out over the issue of ending reservations. He further said that the government wants these riots to happen, as it can then impose an emergency and postpone the elections till normalcy returns.
Ambedkar appealed to members of underprivileged sections to be like Muslims and not give give an opportunity to incite riots. Ambedkar said that his supporters will challenge the ruling government in the next elections. Ambedkar further said that he will expose the current government in the next fifteen days and a united front will give a tough fight to the right wing. He said that members of the third front should have mutual trust and appealed to his supporters to follow the path of Buddha and show it through their votes.
The programme went on for more than two hours. Sheetal Sathe and Sachin Mali sung inspiring Dr Ambedkar songs and, from their songs, they criticised the BJP government.
There was more than 100 police personnel present at the ground and the police recorded attendance of more than 1,000 people at the programme.
‘Pranab visit to RSS HQ unfortunate’
“Former president Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to the RSS headquarters was unfortunate. He was president for five years. The RSS wants to change the Constitution and the former president went there to attend their function. This is the same RSS who said that RSS is ready to secure the border if the military is incapable. So, it is unfortunate that he went to the RSS headquarters,” Ambedkar said.
FIRST EVENT AFTER MAOIST DEBATE
Ambedkar was part of a heated argument on a national English channel on Friday over the Pune police arresting five people for alleged ties with outlawed Maoists in connection with the Bhima-Koregaon violence on January 1 this year. This was the first public function, which Ambedkar attained in Pune after the debate. During the debate, a scribe had asked Ambedkar if he was a Maoist, which led to Ambedkar losing his temper.