New Delhi, April 14: A scuffle involving supporters of Independent MLA Jignesh Mevani and Bharatiya Janata Party leaders broke out during the celebration of BR Ambedkar birth anniversary in Ahmedabad on Saturday. The fight began when Jignesh Mevani’s supporters allegedly tried to stop BJP MPs and members from garlanding B R Ambedkar’s statue, a news agency ANI reported.
The Mevani supporters raised slogans against the BJP MPs and members, as reported. The event was organized to celebrate the birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar. In his tweet, Mevani mentioned the detained activists names.
Recently, statues and busts of B R Ambedkar were also vandalized at many places. The statue and bust vandalization spree began when the statue of Communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin was brought down in Tripura after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept the state assembly elections 2018.
On this occasion, President Ram Nath Kovind greeted the nation and said in his tweet, “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 for women and for the disadvantaged.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi also greeted citizens on the occasion of Baba Saheb’s birth anniversary.
Bahujan Samaj Party’s chief Mayawati attacked Modi saying that commemorating places related to Baba Saheb’s life and inaugurating schemes in his name, will in no way lead to the development of Dalits.
On April 2, various Dalit organizations had called for a countrywide bandh to protest against the Supreme Court’s order on Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
Who was B R Ambedkar: Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar also known as Babasaheb or B. R. Ambedkar was born on April 14, 1891. Ambedkar Saab was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer who stimulated the Dalit Buddhist Movement and campaigned against social discrimination against Untouchables since he was a Dalit too and also supported the rights of women and labor. He was independent India’s very first minister of law, the principal architect of the Constitution of India and a founding father of the Republic of India.