'Saffron' BR Ambedkar Statue Installed in Uttar Pradesh's Badaun

Saffron Ambedkar Statue

Badaun: A statue of BR Ambedkar, which was painted saffron a couple of days ago, has been repainted blue by supporters of the Bahujan Samaj Party. Ambedkar's statues anywhere in India depict him dressed in a blue-colour coat.

Earlier, the statues of the Dalit icon were found damaged in villages in Ballia and Badaun districts of Uttar Pradesh, triggering protests by members of the Dalit community on Saturday. The new statue was installed on Monday after BR Ambedkar's statue in Dugraiyya village in the district was vandalised by unidentified people on Friday.

Besides Badaun, Ambedkar statues were vandalised in Meerut, Saharanpur, Firozabad, Bulandshahr, Ballia and Allahabad in recent weeks.

BSP district chief Hemendra Gautam explained the first priority was to install the statue.

Very soon after the act, a group of workers came at the spot and repainted the statue in blue color. Meanwhile, Himendra Gautam evaded question when asked, "When the villagers had no objection to the colour of the statue, why was it re-painted to blue?"

The following development comes after the Government had made a decision to introduce "Ramji" as his middle name in all the official documents.

"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.

Saffron is the favourite colour of BJP and the Yogi Adityanth government.

The administration arranged for an Ambedkar statue from Agra and installed it on Sunday.

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