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Madhur Bhandarkar visits Ambedkar's House in London on his Jayanti

Madhur Bhandarkar visits Ambedkar's House in London on his Jayanti

The 127th birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna and architect of Indian constitution Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar is being celebrated on Saturday with traditional fervor and enthusiasm in the city as well as across the Marathwada region.

In the wake of statue vandalism, the Uttar Pradesh government directed the state police to ensure the security of the sculptors of famous figures in the state. A Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) worker was shot dead in Shobhapur village on April 4 for reportedly participating in the Dalit agitation. The agitators were detained by the Mehsana Police later as they made attempt to purify the statute with milk.

In the state's Mehsana district, Dalit activists allegedly "cleansed" Ambedkar's statue after Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel garlanded it, TV9 Gujarati reported. However, later he withdrew and said that the supporters should protest but in a peaceful manner.

The Congress will drop flowers on Dr Ambedkar statue at Bhadakal gate by helicopter by this afternoon.

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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.

A heavy police force was deployed in view of the tense situation.

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 the country remains indebted to Babasaheb for his efforts towards the making of our Constitution.

President Ram Nath Kovind has greeted fellow-citizens on the birth anniversary of Dr B.R. Ambedkar. "An icon of our nation, Dr Ambedkar was a multifaceted personality who waged a life-long struggle for a modern India free of caste and other prejudices, ensuring equal rights to women and for the disadvantaged". Rupani said the government was always committed to protect the rights, given in the Constitution, of any community. He said it is his government which has strengthened this act to prevent atrocities against Dalits.


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