A new controversy has broken out in Uttar Pradesh over BR Ambedkar after the district administration of Badaun installed a statue of the Dalit icon in a saffron coat.
This comes after the state government by law officially added ‘Ramji’ to Amedkar’s name.
The issue began when an Ambedkar statue was vandalised on Friday night in Dugraiyya village in the district in the presence of police officers and locals. After protests by locals, the administration arranged an Ambedkar statue from Agra and inaugurated it on Sunday.
The statue left many surprised as it was saffron rather than the usual blue. Surprisingly, BSP regional head Hemendra Gautam was also present on the occasion along with his supporters. Accusing the BJP-led state government of playing politics, Samajwadi Party MLA and SP spokesperson Sunil Singh Sajan alleged that the government is busy saffronising everything, but it won’t help them.
The state government had recently, issued orders to change the name of social reformer and Dalit activist Bhimrao Ambedkar as Bhimrao ‘Ramji’ Ambedkar in all government documents and records. The move has invited sharp criticism from the opposition, which has questioned the timing of the order and alleged that it was a political decision.