Telangana CM pays tributes to Ambedkar

A statue of B.R. Ambedkar in Dugraiyya village in Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun district where his saffron coat was painted blue after protests by dalits

Several other leaders paid tributes to Ambedkar and the birth anniversary was celebrated at offices of different organisations here. But the permission was withdrawn in the last minute, in the same manner in which the permission to hold a Dalit self-respect meeting was cancelled on February 4, said committee secretary V.K. Mohanan. The agitators were detained by the Mehsana Police later as they made attempt to purify the statute with milk.

Thakor Solanki, general secretary of SC/ST the Employees Union of Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, claimed that they had gathered at the venue to pay their tributes before the BJP leaders.

After Ms Gandhi and other leaders garlanded the statue around 9 am and left the venue, the members of the community washed it with milk and water, saying the BJP leaders' presence had "polluted" the atmosphere.

On April 12, the Ministry of Home Affairs had asked state governments to take precautionary steps to prevent violence or incidents of vandalism ahead of Ambedkar Jayanti.

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Late on Friday night, clashes broke out between Dalits and a Hindu outfit in Phagwara in Punjab over renaming of a junction. "Pujya Babasaheb gave hope to lakhs of people belonging to the poorest and marginalised sections of society". He said the country remains indebted to Babasaheb for his efforts towards the making of our Constitution.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu paid tribute to BR Ambedkar in New Delhi on Saturday morning.

The President said, Dr Ambedkar waged a life-long struggle for a better and fairer society for a modern India free of caste and other prejudices, ensuring equal economic and social rights to women and to those from traditionally disadvantaged communities.

"I want to tell Modiji and his government that commemorating places related to Babasaheb's life and inaugurating schemes in his name, will in no way lead to development of Dalits", she said.

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