Advocate Prakash Ambedkar, leader of the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA), has levied allegations against the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), claiming that they practice political untouchability.
Ambedkar expressed his disappointment at being excluded from the recent INDIA meeting in Mumbai. He was further incensed by remarks from Leader of Opposition Vijay Wadettiwar, prompting him to vent his frustrations on the microblogging site X, where he criticized the Congress and NCP for perpetuating untouchability in politics.
The Shiv Sena (UBT), which has formed an alliance with the VBA, hosted the INDIA meeting, leading to expectations that Ambedkar would receive an invitation. However, he was left out. In response to queries about this, Wadettiwar suggested that an invitation wasn’t necessary, remarking, “Was it a Satyanarayan Pooja for him to be invited?” This remark fueled Ambedkar’s ire, leading him to make serious accusations against the Congress and the NCP.
Ambedkar asserted in his microblogging post, “Untouchability persists not only in society but also in politics. With the rise of the BJP-RSS, both the Congress and the NCP, who are proponents and followers of traditional Sanatan Dharma, have begun practicing political untouchability.”
He also questioned, “If an invitation was deemed unnecessary for the INDIA alliance meeting, why were invitations extended to various other parties?”
Ambedkar further pointed out that even prominent socialist leaders like Lalu and Stalin, who hold significant influence within marginalized communities, might not have been invited had their support not been required for the alliance’s success.