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On Ambedkar birthday, Modi launches campaign to boost rural development (Roundup)


Prime Minister Modi on Thursday launched the ‘Gram Uday Se Uday’ campaign to promote rural development on the 125th birth anniversary of B.R. Ambedkar and said the late leader fought for equality and dignity in society.

“It is my privilege that I am here on the birth anniversary of Dr. Ambedkar. I bow to this land. He (Ambedkar) fought against injustice in society. His fight was for equality and dignity,” Modi said, addressing a rally organised at Ambedkar’s birthplace here.

‘Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan’ — village self-governance campaign — aims to generate nationwide efforts to increase social harmony across villages, strengthen Panchayati Raj institutions, promote rural development, and foster farmers’ progress. The campaign will continue till April 24, the Panchayati Raj Day.

Launching a veiled attack on the Congress, Modi said nobody had stopped those who were in power for 60 years from building a memorial to Ambedkar after his death.

“The country saw many governments in these 60 years since Dr. Ambedkar’s death. Who had stopped them from building a memorial?”

“We were fortunate to get an opportunity to build his memorial. Now they are upset with this too. In fact, these people should regret and introspect that why they did not do it,” Modi said.

Opposition parties, including the Congress, Janata Dal-United, and others had attacked the government in the recent past for ignoring the villages and not taking up the cause of the Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes with the required earnest.

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