As the Lok Sabha, on the first day of the Winter Session, took up a discussion on commitment to the Constitution as a part of Ambedkar's 125th birth anniversary celebrations, Rajnath Singh, initiating the debate, said that those who framed the Constitution would have introduced 'socialist and  secular' in it if they had felt it was required.

Taking veiled digs at the Congress, and even targeting actor Aamir Khan over his remarks on rising intolerance in the country, he said Ambedkar faced injustice and discrimination due to social iniquities, but kept control over his feelings, and always presented an objective point of view.

"He (Ambedkar) never said how much he is being insulted in India. He said he will live in India for strengthening the country. He never thought he will go somewhere elsewhere," Rajnath said, drawing protests from the opposition benches. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, however, ruled there was nothing objectionable.

The minister said Ambedkar was the 'binding force' for the country while the country's first Home Minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, was the 'unifying force'. He also paid tribute to first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

Noting the words 'socialist and secular' were introduced in the Constitution through the 42nd amendment, he argued that if the Constitution-makers had felt their need, they would have included them in the Preamble.

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