Saffronised Ambedkar’s statue at Badaun Repainted with blue

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Badaun: A day after the damaged statue of BR Ambedkar was rebuilt and painted saffron in Badaun’s Dugraiyya town, a BSP leader painted it blue on Tuesday. Two days after a statute of BR Ambedkar was vandalised in Badaun’s Dugraiyya town, a new one was quickly brought in and installed by police on Monday.
The new statue had Ambedkar wearing a saffron sherwani, which triggered howls of protest from Dalits. On Tuesday, the saffron statue was repainted blue allegedly by BSP leader Himendra Gautam.

Bharat Singh Jatav, Badaun district president, Aarakshan Bachao Sangharsh Samiti, said, “There is anger among the community members due to the colour of the coat. Saffron is unusual as we have always seen his pictures and statues in dark coloured western outfits, blazer and trousers. It must be repainted.”
The TOI reported the state general secretary of Akhil Bharatiya Khatik Samaj Veeru Sonkar saying; “The saffron statue of the Dalit icon comes soon after the state government emphasised on ‘Ramji’ as his middle name. The local unit of our organisation will give a memorandum to the Badaun district magistrate condemning the statue’s colour and demand that it be painted blue.”
Sinod Shakya BSP MLA from Dataganj in Badaun, expressed his resentment at thr government saying that the goverment is on a spree of saffronising the nation, he even demanded the arrest of those involved in vandalising the statue.

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