Day before Ambedkar Jayanti, another statue vandalised in UP

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Speaking on the occasion, the President said that Dr Ambedkar, like Dr Martin Luther King Jr, is an inspiring figure for all humanity.

Among other leaders, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik and chief ministers of Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Telangana - Devendra Fadnavis, Raghubar Das, Yogi Adityanath, K Palanisami and K Chadrasekhar Rao respectively - also paid homage to Ambedkar.

On 14th April 1891, Dr B R Ambedkar, the chief architect of the Constitution of India, was born at Mhow in Madhya Pradesh, which is now known as Dr Ambedkar Nagar. He expressed hope that thoughts compiled in the book would reach more and more citizens and motivate them to work together in peace and harmony.

The President said, despite the personal challenges he faced, Dr Ambedkar was remarkably free of rancour and resentment. He said, his government is following the path shown by Baba Saheb and moving ahead with the mantra of Sabka Saath - Sabka Vikas to ensure that the benefits of development reach all section of society.

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It also referenced how Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been inspired by the life and message of Dr Ambedkar.

The Congress, though, has termed the preparations as tokenism and said that the government failed to protect rights of the scheduled castes.

"CM Vasundhara Raje celebrating 127th birth anniversary of Ambedkar will dedicate a library and a conference hall in Jaipur. We remain indebted to him for his efforts towards the making of our Constitution".

In Vadodara in Gujarat, members of a Dalit group "cleansed" Ambedkar's statue soon after Union minister Maneka Gandhi and some BJP leaders paid floral tributes, a community leader said, claiming that their presence had "polluted" the atmosphere.

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