Protests, 'cleaning' and tributes mark Ambedkar's birth anniversary this year

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"Babasahab has given us the Constitution".

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that Dr Ambedkar, like Dr Martin Luther King Jr, is an inspiring figure for all humanity. This Fundamental Right ensured that every Indian has the right to a dignified life. You need not pick up weapons.

PM Modi, who was in Jangala in Chhattisgarh on a day's visit, said Ambedkar has given a Constitution that protects the rights of weaker sections of the society and appealed to people not to join Naxals to achieve their goals. Police said that they vandalised and smeared it with black paint.

Coinciding with the birth anniversary of the countrys first law minister, the prime minister launched a healthcare and wellness centre under the "Ayushman Bharat- National Health Protection Mission".

"The BJP and RSS have an "anti-dalit" mindset as their government has abolished the sub-plan for SC/STs, have talked of ending reservation and amendment to the Constitution which was framed by Ambedkar", she said.

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Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling today paid tribute to Dr B R Ambedkar on his 127th birth anniversary.

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.

The committee members were called to the RDO's office where they were asked to give an undertaking that the meeting would not be extended over two hours, that there would be no food cooked in the area, and that they should bear the expenses of video-recording the proceedings, Mr. Mohanan claimed in a communiqué.

Earlier, Dalits led by Thakor Solanki, leader of a local union of Dalits, raised slogans against Gandhi as police prevented them from garlanding the statue.

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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