BJP, Cong pay tribute to Ambedkar on birth anniversary

A BSP worker paints the newly constructed statue of BR Ambedkar in blue in Badaun

A BSP worker paints the newly constructed statue of BR Ambedkar in blue in Badaun| PTI

"Those found to be lax will not be spared", S.K. Singhal, additional director-general of police (ADG), headquarters, said on Friday. In doing so President Kovind became the first President of India to pay homage to Dr Ambedkar at his birthplace (Mhow) on his birth anniversary.

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. However, police prevented us from garlanding the statue, stating that as per the protocol, it was the mayor's right.

Soon after Ms Gandhi arrived at the Ambedkar's statue, along with BJP MP Ranjanben Bhatt, city mayor Bharat Dangar, BJP MLA Yogesh Patel and others, members of the dalit community started raising slogans against them.

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Meanwhile in Phagwara (Punjab), members of two Hindu groups and a Dalit outfit clashed, injuring four persons, with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today appealing for peace and ordering suspension of mobile Internet and text services in four districts.

The situation was said to be under control as authorities imposed prohibitory conditions and deployed additional police force.

PM Modi said, "A son of a poor mother, belonging to a very backward community, this partner of yours is if today the Prime Minister, that is too due to Babasaheb Ambedkar".

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It also referenced how Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been inspired by the life and message of Dr Ambedkar.

On 14th April 1891, Dr B R Ambedkar, the chief architect of the Constitution of India, was born at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh, which is now known as Dr Ambedkar Nagar. He said the country remains indebted to Babasaheb for his efforts towards the making of our Constitution.

"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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