Goa Deputy Chief Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar has claimed that Dr BR Ambedkar had thought of a 'Dalitstan' for Dalits, but people of India remained united.
Mr Ajgaonkar was speaking in the Goa Assembly on Monday during the motion congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the passage of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Parliament.
"During partition, Muslims went to the other side, Pakistan became a Muslim nation. (But) Hindustan did not become a Hindu nation," Mr Ajgaonkar said addressing the House.
"Some people speak about Hindu nation. Hindu comprises all communities, Catholics, Hindus, Muslims, Dalits. For Dalits, Babasaheb Ambedkar said there would be another Dalitstan. But still, we all are together," said the MLA from Pernem constituency, which is reserved for Scheduled Caste candidates.
"When the country became independent, Dr Ambedkar gave us a Constitution for democracy which has Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and Dalits," the deputy chief minister said. If this country is great, it is because of everyone's contribution, he added.
The state Assembly on Monday passed a motion congratulating PM Modi and Amit Shah over the passage of Citizenship Amendment Act or CAA in Parliament.
The new law, under which refugees who are a religious minority in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan and fled to India because of religious persecution on or before December 31, 2014, will be given Indian citizenship. The law came into force from January 10, 2020. It was passed by Parliament on December 11, 2019.