BR Ambedkar Jayanti fuels politics over his legacy

Statue of BR Ambedkar vandalised by unidentified persons in Jaunpur’s Gajna

The general public have also been requested to participate in the function to pay tributes to Dr Ambedkar on his 127th birth anniversary. "I came to know I am the first president to visit Ambedkars birthplace on the occasion of his birth anniversary".

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.

In the morning, Prime Minister Modi tweeted: "Pujya Babasaheb gave hope to lakhs of people belonging to the poorest and marginalised sections of society".

He said on the basis of a police Intelligence report about the festival causing possible tension in the area, the committee was asked, in the eleventh hour, to hold the event at an alternative venue.

He also launched the Gram Swaraj scheme to empower weaker sections, tribals, women and backward people, besides the Van Dhan scheme to ensure better marketing and value addition to minor forest produce to benefit forest dwellers.




Punjab's Phagwara was tense after a communal clash broke out between a Dalit and a Hindu outfit over renaming of a traffic intersection in a bid to pay tribute to Ambedkar late Friday night.

"Police teams are deployed at the spot to maintain law and order".

The chief minister, who is personally monitoring the situation after the incident, has ordered suspension of mobile Internet services in Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and SBS Nagar districts to check rumour-mongering on social media, according to an official release.

A large number of people from nearby villages had gathered after the news spread. "One of the passerby, spotted the vandalised statue, then informed other residents and then the police about the matter", said Kuldeep Singh, a local resident. In Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, dalit leaders took strong objection to the painting of the upper part of an under-construction Ambedkar memorial saffron. Chief minister Vijay Rupani paid tribute to Ambedkar before the statue at Swarnim Park in Gandhinagar.

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