Bihar governor, Ramnath Kovind on Saturday accused both Mahatma Gandhi and India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru of having sole purpose of amassing power.
Kovind chose to make this sensational allegation on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s death anniversary. Speaking at the inauguration session of a national conclave on `The In luence of Ideology of Dr B R Ambedkar on Marginal Literature’ at Gujarat National Law University (GNLU), Gandhinagar
He said, “Whenever any social reformer challenges the society and social ills, no one welcomes his/her views. Babasaheb did this throughout his life. But when a political leader speaks out against the government, he is appreciated and honoured.”
“On one hand, we had Nehru and Gandhi for whom political power was the sole objective. Compare them to Ambedkar, he never craved for political power. His belief was if social ills were removed, development will follow,” Kovind was quoted by Indian Express.
Kovind said that Ambedkar fought for the rights of both genders in democracy , but Nehru was of the view that such social ideologies were not feasible in India.
Kovind, a former leader of the BJP’s Dalit Morcha before being appointed as Bihar’s governor. made the disparaging comments on the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi was paying tribute to the father of the nation urging Indians to remember “valour of all martyrs who gave their lives for the nation.”