On the 62nd death anniversary of BR Ambedkar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday accused the Congress of doing greatest injustice to the architect of India’s constitution.

Addressing a public rally in poll-bound Gujarat’s Dhandhuka, without taking any names, Modi blamed “one family”, referring to the Gandhis, for sidelining the Dalit icon.

“When Pandit Nehru’s influence on the Congress was complete, the Congress ensured that Dr. Ambedkar found it tough to join the Constituent Assembly,” Modi said.

“One family has done greatest injustice to Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and Sardar Patel,” he added.

He further said that the Congress did not think of conferring the Bharat Ratna on Ambedkar.

“Babasaheb Ambedkar was passionate about ensuring proper irrigation facilities to every part of India. The thought of India having a Central Bank, the RBI, was the vision of Babasaheb,” Modi said.

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, who died on 6 December, 1956, was a jurist, economist, politician and a social reformer who campaigned against social discrimination of Dalits, women and labourers.

He was independent India’s first law minister and the principal architect of the Constitution of India.

In 1990, Ambedkar was posthumously conferred the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of India.