Speaking at the an event yesterday, Ilaiah said that Patel was close to the Hindu Mahasabha and added that he wouldn't have allowed Ambedkar to draft and write the Constitution.

The Congress Party cited everyone had a right to have an opinion. "What Kancha Ilaiah has said is his personal view. One leader cannot be compared with another as every leader has his own stature. I would not like to comment on his views," Congress leader PL Punia said.

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