However, BJP retorted saying the Congress has 'historically disrespected' Ambedkar and members of his community and has treated them 'only as a vote bank.'
Launching the 125th anniversary celebrations of Ambedkar by his party, a combative Rahul called on the people to come forward to pull down the walls that prevented from fulfilling the mission of Babasaheb, who stood and fought for the rights of the depressed classes and a society free of caste discrimination.
Seeking to strike a rapport with Dalits, who form a major segment of the Congress in the past, Rahul began his address by saluting the gathering with "Jai Bhim".

On the controversy over derecognition of the Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle in IIT Madras, he said, "the voice of some people is simply being muzzled" as they are associated with the ideologies of reformers like Ambedkar and Periyar. The student group has been critical of the Prime Minister and Centre's policies.

Criticising the 'ideologies that divide people on the line of caste', Rahul said centralisation of power strengthens casteism. "Centralisation of power strengthens casteism. While its decentralisation weakens the caste system. Even Ambedkarji had stated so," he said.

Stating that the country is not still free of casteism, Rahul appealed to the youth to not remain quiet against the social menace, which denied the rights of some sections.

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