New Delhi: Ram Bahadur Rai, appointed as the chief of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) by the BJP, sparked a debate on Wednesday when he said that the Constitution of India had not been written by Dr BR Ambedkar. Rai, quoted by 'Outlook' as having said that Ambedkar's role was limited and that whatever material B N Rau, a civil servant, gave to him , Ambedkar would correct the language. "So, Ambedkar did not write the Constitution. In fact, he said, if the Constitution is ever to be set afire, then 'I will be first to do so,'" Rai said.
Rai's controversial comments comes in the backdrop of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) making all efforts to win over the Scheduled Caste to their side to effectively contest in the Uttar Pradesh elections. BJP President Amit Shah had earlier dined at a Dalit's residence to advocate BJP's assimilation of Scheduled Caste people.