"If Martin Luther King is seen as an image of fight against injustice the world over, BR Ambedkar should also be not seen as second to anyone," Modi said at the foundation stone laying ceremony of BR Ambedkar National Memorial here.

The prime minister sought to dispel impression that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is anti-Dalit and maintained that time and again it has been proved that whenever the BJP came to power at the Centre, including under Atal Bihari Vajpayee and in various states, efforts were made to uphold the teachings and values BR Ambedkar. "Still there is a misgiving about us. But the truth is we, in the BJP, always had utmost respect for Ambedkar," he said.

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