Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday (18 October) said that the Constitution is more important than any religious scripture for his government.
Fadnavis was speaking at a gathering in Deekshabhoomi to celebrate the ‘Dhammachakra Pravartan Day’, The New Indian Express has reported.
Deekshabhoomi is the place where Dr B R Ambedkar along with his followers converted to Buddhism in 1956.
Fadnavis said that the Indian constitution framed by Ambedkar is the best constitution in the world and he looks to the constitution in challenging situations.
"When I face challenges as CM on various complicated issues, the Constitution shows me the way in a better manner than the Gita, Bible and Quran as to how to move forward to give justice and serve people," said Fadnavis.
He said that his government runs by the values of the constitution. “Constitution is more important for us than any religious book," he added.
Fadnavis also handed over a cheque of Rs 40 crore to Nagpur Improvement Trust as the first instalment of Rs 100 crore promised by the government for developing Deekshabhoomi.
Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari was also present at the occasion and said that creation of a Buddhist circuit will increase the number of Buddhist tourists coming to India. He said that half of the work has been completed on a project meant to connect important places in Lord Buddha’s life.
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