Ambedkar Jayanti: Minor clashes in Punjab, Gujarat

Mumbai : While the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on Saturday (April 14) paid his tributes to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. The day marks the 127th birth anniversary.

Modi had tweeted in the morning, “Pujya Babasaheb gave hope to lakhs of people belonging to the poorest and marginalised sections of society. We remain indebted to him for his efforts towards the making of our Constitution.”

Amidst the big talks, the nation was gripped in tension.

Among the first incidents, in Ahmedabad, five men including members of Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, were detained when they tried to protest garlanding of Ambedkar’s statue at Sarngpur in Ahmedabad by BJP MP Kirit Solanki.

The protestors alleged that BJP is anti-dalit, following which leaders of Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch and Vadgam MLA Jignesh Mevani had led the protest to prevent BJP members from paying tribute to Ambedkar.

The state of Uttar Pradesh had declared high alert in Meerut as witnessed extensive protests by Dalits were reported here on April 2.

A communal clash broke out between a Dalit and a Hindu outfit over renaming of a traffic intersection in Punjab’s Phagwara, in a bid to pay tribute to Ambedkar late Friday night.

Outside the country, Ambedkar’s birth anniversary became a rallying point at the UN where a group of Sikhs held a protest against atrocities against minorities and Dalits in India.