Yogi government installs saffron statue of Dr BR Ambedkar

by Garry Watts April 11, 2018, 4:55
Yogi government installs saffron statue of Dr BR Ambedkar

The Hindu activists have reportedly painted the newly developed statue of Ambedkar, after vandalizing, in the saffron color to show their aggression against the protest held on April 2.

A senior BJP leader said in Lucknow on Tuesday that the party has nothing to do with the statue's colour but asked why such objection to saffron as it represents the Indian culture and is also in the country's flag. "The cost of this statue was Rs 22,000 and it was paid for by the committee".

But now Gautam has no answer as to why he repainted the statue to blue overnight.

In December previous year, an issue raked up after the boundary wall of Haj office in Lucknow was painted in saffron colour.

The statues of Ambedkar are usually in black or blue coat dress across the country.

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The saffron statue, unlike the usual blue, was installed in Dugraiyya village on Monday after the earlier one was vandalized on Saturday. The statue was installed after the approval by the villagers.

"When Babasaheb embraced Buddhism his dress was of saffron colour". They alleged that an attempt was being made to saffronise Dr Ambedkar. Samajwadi Party MLA Sunil Singh Sajan had accused the Bharatiya Janata Party-led state government of pushing its own agenda by colouring the statue saffron, which is associated with right-wing nationalist groups.

It was on Kalicharans complaint that a case was registered against a person for allegedly damaging Ambedkars statue, police spokesperson said.

Superintendent of Police Kamal Kishore said the police had covered the vandalised statue with cloth and initiated a probe into the incident.

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