New Delhi: Ram Bahadur Rai, appointed as the chief of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) by the BJP, sparked a debate on Wednesday when he said that the Constitution of India had not been written by Dr BR Ambedkar.
Ram Bahadur Rai, who has served as a former general secretary of the ABVP, said that it was a myth that the late Ambedkar had written the original constitution of India. "Yes, myth hai, myth hai, myth hai. It is part of identity politics," said Rai.
Rai alleged that Ambedkar had only corrected the language of the constitution after it had been written by a civil servant named BN Rau.
"Ambedkar did not write the constitution. In fact, he said that if the Constitution is ever to be set on fire, I will be the first one to do so," said Rai.
Rai's controversial comments comes in the backdrop of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) making all efforts to win over the Scheduled Caste to their side to effectively contest in the Uttar Pradesh elections.
BJP President Amit Shah had earlier dined at a Dalit's residence to advocate BJP's assimilation of Scheduled Caste people.