Yogi government installs saffron statue of Dr BR Ambedkar

BR Ambedkar

A statue of Dr B R Ambedkar, which was recently vandalised, has been rebuilt and given a coat of saffron paint in Uttar Pradesh's Badaun.

"The saffron-attire statue of Babasaheb was installed in the presence of district administration yesterday, but re-painting was done this morning in the presence of members of Ambedkar Suraksha Samiti, BSP workers, villagers and village pradhan". However, the statue was saffron rather than the usual blue. It had also made it mandatory to instal statues of Dr Ambedkar in all government offices.

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

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. It was given a saffron hue after multiple Ambedkar were vandalised across the state.

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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.

After a protest, the district administration brought a new statue from Agra and installed it. But then BSP district president himself led a bunch of his supporters and repainted it blue.

Saffron is often identified with Bharatiya Janata Party and blue with the Bahujan Samaj Party, with their flag and party symbol both in blue colour.

"Baba Ji Ka Mission Adhura, BJP Kar Rahi Hai Pura" (Ambedkar's mission is incomplete, BJP is completing it) - the BJP has coined this slogan for Ambedkar Jayanti celebrations in Uttar Pradesh, and added a "Ambedkar Mission Padyatra" on April 13 to its mega plans. This includes the CM's office and official residences of couple of state ministers.

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