Ambedkar condemns Mohan Bhagwat's 'lion, dogs' remark at WHC, mocks 'Ajey BJP' slogan (PTI Photo)
Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh leader Prakash Ambedkar on Saturday criticised Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat for his “lion and dog” statement at the World Hindu Congress in Chicago, US.
Speaking at the second WHC on Friday, the RSS chief had said, Bhagwat had said, “If a lion is alone, wild dogs can invade and destroy the lion. We must not forget that.”
Bhagwat said that Hindus had no aspiration of dominance and the community would prosper only when it worked as a society.
“We want to make the world better. We have no aspiration of dominance. Our influence is not a result of conquest or colonisation,” he added.
The WHC marks the commemoration of the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s historic speech at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in 1893 in Chicago.
Condemning Bhagwat’s statement, Ambedkar, while addressing a press conference here Saturday, claimed that the “dog” reference was for the “Opposition parties” in the country.
“I condemn this ‘mansikta’ (mentality) of Mohan Bhagwat that he has referred to Opposition parties in the country as dogs,” Ambedkar said.
Ambedkar also took a swipe at the “Ajey BJP” (invincible BJP) slogan coined by the party at its meeting of national office-bearers and state unit presidents held in New Delhi.
“They (BJP) were nearly defeated in Gujarat and lost in Karnataka. Now, it is just a matter of two months before results of polls in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Mizoram come out,” Ambedkar said.
He said, having toured some of these places, the ruling BJP could be wiped out if the Congress allied with other parties to fight Assembly polls slated for later this year.
“And I see this alliance (between Congress and other parties) happening,” he claimed.