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11 April 2018, 04:58 | Bernice Figueroa
BJP government saffronises BR Ambedkar's statue in Uttar Pradesh's Badaun
Dalit icon Dr BR Ambedkar's statues can be spotted across the nation, and in the majority of the statues, as well as his photographs, he is spotted wearing western clothes, blazers, generally in the shade of blue. One of the locals said that the villagers and administration agreed for the statue to be repainted and that there is no problem in painting this statue blue. However, the statue was saffron rather than the usual blue. "I told the local media that even Gautam Buddha wore saffron and what's wrong if Baba Saheb's (Ambedkar) dress was in saffron", Gautam said. However, it turned blue after the fresh dash of paint by BSP district president Hemendra Gautam and his accomplices on Tuesday.
BJP workers across the state will implore Dalits and people from backward communities in every district of the state to join the march on the eve of Ambedkar Jayanti.
After a protest, the district administration brought a new statue from Agra and installed it.
The development comes after the state government by law officially added "Ramji" to Ambedkar's name. The BSP leader evaded questions when he was asked why the statue was re-painted to blue. They alleged that an attempt was being made to saffronise Dr Ambedkar.
The saffron-attire statue in Kuwargaav village was a replacement for a smaller Ambedkar statue that was damaged Friday night by some anti-social elements.
The saffron based party with Yogi Adityanath in power in the state in UP a year ago, several buildings of official status were also painted in that color in Lucknow. This includes the CM's office and official residences of couple of state ministers.
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