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Prakash Ambedkar hopes that Telangana will claim Hyderabad as the second capital


Hyderabad, April 14 (IANS) Prakash Ambedkar, grandson of Dr. P.

He said during the Constituent Assembly debates when the question of India’s security was raised, Babasaheb Ambedkar emphasized the country’s need for another capital and suggested Hyderabad as a second capital.

The former MP was addressing a public meeting after Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao unveiled the 125-foot-tall Ambedkar statue in Hyderabad.

“Since Delhi is only 300 km from the Pakistan border and 500 km from the Chinese border, Babsaheb felt that unless the state had a second capital, it would not be secured,” he said. He also hoped that Telangana would make this request.

Prakash Ambedkar, who had earlier visited Huzurabad to see the implementation of the Dalit Bandhu scheme, was all commendable to the KCR government for launching the scheme saying this would go a long way in removing economic inequalities and eradicating poverty.

Under the Dalit Pandu Scheme, the state government provides Rs 10,000 to each Dalit family to help them start any business of their choice.

However, he suggested to the government to ensure that the value of Rs 10,000 is maintained even after one year.

“Baba Sahib used to say unless we achieve stability in the value of the rupee, there will be no eradication of poverty,” he said, calling for price stability.

Prakash Ambedkar said small states like Telangana can have the concept of a welfare state. He noted that Babasaheb Ambedkar made it clear in 1956 that the reorganization of states should not be based on language. “He said while reorganizing the states, you should see the economic viability, the geographical limits and whether they can become good administrative units.”

He denounced attempts to transform the country into a theocratic state, recalling Babasaheb Ambedkar’s words that in the politics of religion and caste, the first victim would be the national leader. He said “there will be no national leader” and claimed that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the last national leader to oppose his party.

Stating that the leaders of the state have an opportunity to become national leaders, he hoped that the people of Telangana would pave the way for the country by extending their support to the KCR.

– Jans

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