I am the Speaker due to Ambedkar, not Badal: Atwal

In the eye of a storm over the expletive row involving cabinet minister Bikram Majithia, Vidhan Sabha Speaker Charanjeet Singh Atwal on Wednesday said he was the Assembly Speaker because of the contributions made by the architect of the Constitution, Dr B R Ambedkar, and not Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

"Before this, I had served as the deputy Speaker in the Lok Sabha as well and even there, it was because of Ambedkar's contributions to the Dalit society. Had he not been here, Dalits would have never reached top positions where they can be seen nowadays," Atwal, who was present at a de-addiction seminar in Faridkot, said.

"All those who utilise the reserved categories and are enjoying top posts, must thank that great freedom fighter and revolutionary," Atwal said. "If we look back at history, Dalits were never allowed to worship in the same temples, they were being tortured. Dr Ambedkar got them their rights and dignity," he added.

MP Paramjeet Kaur Gulshan, MLA Deep Malhotra and DC Ravi Bhagat were also present at the seminar.

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