"On his Mahaparinirvana Diwas, I bow to the venerable Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. His contribution to the nation is eternal and invaluable," Modi tweeted.
    
The Prime Minister, who paid floral tributes at Ambedkar's portrait in Parliament, said, "Dr Ambedkar was a man ahead of his time and we remember his efforts to eradicate social evils and the importance he gave to education."
    
Noting that Ambedkar had become "a voice for the oppressed and downtrodden", Modi said, "His ideals and thoughts continue to guide us in our quest for an equal society."

BJP president Amit Shah, some other party leaders and Union Ministers, also paid floral tributes to Ambedkar at the party headquarters here.
    
Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot, BJP general secretary P Muralidhar Rao and other top party leaders were also present during the event.

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, who died on December 6, 1956, was a jurist, economist, politician and a social reformer who campaigned against social discrimination of Dalits, women and labourers.

He was Independent India's First Law Minister and the principal architect of the Constitution of India.

In 1990, Ambedkar was posthumously conferred the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of India.

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