Ambedkar's birth anniversary celebration today

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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 too is due to Babasaheb Ambedkar". In his final speech in the Constituent Assembly, Dr Ambedkar said now that we have constitutional methods of expressing opposition, we should avoid disruptive mechanisms. 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. He ensured protection of your rights.It is the duty of the government to take care of your rights. You need not pick up weapons.

While Rahul Gandhi tweeted paeans - "Paying rich tribute to Baba Saheb Ambedkar on his birth anniversary". He said Babasaheb has given us the Constitution which ensures equal rights and justice to all and the government is committed to protect it.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the BJP can inaugurate as many memorials as they like, "but the fact is that they are reducing sub-plans, financial allocations".

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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. The members of the Dalit community raised slogans at the GEB Circle area on Race Course against other party leaders and Gandhi, the Women and Child Development minister who is in the city to attend a number of events.

In Ahmedabad, five men, including members of Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch (RDAM), were detained when they tried to protest garlanding of Ambedkar's statue at Sarngpur in Ahmedabad by BJP MP Kirit Solanki. To mark the occasion and to pay floral tributes to Dr. Ambedkar, a function will be organized by the A & N Administration at the statue of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar near the main entrance of Ambedkar Auditorium, at 9.30 am tomorrow.

Dalit leaders also took strong objection to the painting of the upper part of an under construction Ambedkar memorial in Gorakhpur (UP) in saffron colour.

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