UP election 2017: Ambedkar 'bigger leader' than Mahatma Gandhi, says Owaisi

Sambhal (UP): Terming B R Ambedkar a "bigger leader" than Mahatma Gandhi, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has said it was because of the secular and class-free Constitution given by the Dalit icon which has ensured justice in society.

Owaisi's remark came during an All-India Majlis-e-Ittehad- ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) rally in UP on Sunday as he continued his poll campaign in the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh.

"Ambedkar is a bigger leader than Mahatma Gandhi ... had Ambedkar not given a secular and class-free Constitution, the level of injustice in the country would have been much more and RSS people would not have left any opportunity to spoil the situation," Owaisi said.

Asaduddin Owaisi. AFP

Asaduddin Owaisi. AFP

On the Khadi calendars and diaries row, Owaisi said though Prime Minister Narendra Modi claims to be a follower of Mahatma Gandhi but when he got a chance he 'replaced' the Father of the Nation on the symbols as he deemed it to be a fit time to hold the 'charkha'.

The Hyderabad MP also hit out at the PM over the foreign policy, saying before getting elected to the post Modi had said he would give a "befitting" reply to Pakistan but such a response was still to come even after the martyrdom of 28 jawans following the surgical strike.

The AIMIM national president was also critical of the demonetisation move taken by the Centre on 8 November last year, which he said has "only troubled the poor".

On internal fight in Samajwadi Party, the ruling party in UP, Owaisi said politics in the state has gone "wayward" with the son (chief minister Akhilesh Yadav) having no faith in the father (Mulayam Singh Yadav).

UP, which has 403 assembly constituencies (ACs), will go to polls in seven phases between 11 February and 8 March. Sambhal district which has four ACs — Sambhal, Asmoli, Chandausi, Gunnaur — will go to polls on 15 February during the second phase. Results of the election will be out on 11 March.

Updated Date: Jan 16, 2017 15:49 PM

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