Day before Ambedkar Jayanti, statue vandalised in Greater Noida

Day before Ambedkar Jayanti, statue vandalised in Greater Noida

Day before Ambedkar Jayanti, statue vandalised in Greater Noida

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.

"You are robbing them (dalits) of their scholarships, you are participating in conspiracies to dilute their reservations and then you are shedding crocodile tears in the name of dalits", Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said and added that the BJP can inaugurate as many memorials as they like, "but the fact is that they are reducing sub-plans, financial allocations".

Ruling BJP and Opposition Congress commemorated birth anniversary ofFounder of Indian Constitution Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar during separate function organised in the state capital town on Saturday.

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The Congress' Kumari Selja, former Union minister and a dalit leader, also charged that the Prime Minister was doing politics over the legacy of the dalit icon. "Footage of CCTV cameras installed inside the Ambedkar Bhawan is being scrutnized". Damage to Ambedkar statues in the two districts had sparked tension in the region. The district administration immediately got the damaged palm repaired. The incident in Richhpal Garhi village of Bisrakh came to light when the villagers spotted the damaged statue.

SP (rural) Suniti Singh said a case was registered against unidentiied persons for vandalism and that the guilty would not be spared. Security has been beefed up across the state.

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

In Greater Noida, a statue of Ambedkar was found damaged yesterday. Chief minister Vijay Rupani paid tribute to Ambedkar before the statue at Swarnim Park in Gandhinagar.

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