Sunday, December 6, 2009

[ZESTCaste] Mayawati expresses her displeasure over poor upkeep of Ambedkar Memorial

Mayawati expresses her displeasure over poor upkeep of Ambedkar Memorial
Rajesh Kumar Singh, Hindustan Times

Lucknow, December 06, 2009
First Published: 20:43 IST(6/12/2009)
Last Updated: 20:45 IST(6/12/2009)

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Sunday expressed her
displeasure over the poor upkeep of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar samajik
parivartan sthal.

To pay tribute to Dr Ambedkar on his 53rd death anniversary Mayawati
visited the memorial located on the bank of River Gomti. The dim light
in the gallery located under the main tomb and layer of dust over the
pedestal on which the statue of Dr Ambedkar has been installed upset
the Chief Minister.

She directed the officers to ensure proper lighting near the statues
and to keep the area clean. As she moved around the gallery semi
finished work and heaps of stone lying around the tomb added to her
annoyance. The officers accompanying the Chief Minister had tough time
explaining reasons for the slow progress of the work.

Thousands of BSP supporters had gathered in the parivartan sthal as
Mayawati paid floral tribute to Dr Ambedkar. The slogan 'Baba tera
mission adhura Mayawati karegi pura' (Mayawati will complete the
mission of Dr Ambedkar), Baba teri nek kamai tune soote kaum jagayi'
(Dr Ambedkar had recharged the community that was in deep slumber)
rented in the air.

Several of the BSP workers were seen carrying placard with the
pictures of Mayawati and Dr Ambedkar. They jostled with each other to
have a glimpse of Mayawati as she walked out of the main tomb. After
waving her hand toward the supporters Mayawati along with the national
general secretary SC Mishra left the spot.

As the cavalcade of the Chief Minister moved out of the memorial the
BSP workers broke the security cordon and soon the blue brigade was
spread all over the memorial area. Awe was clear on their face as they
walked over the granite steps and entered inside the tomb. The statue
of Dr Ambedkar located in the center of the gallery and the statue of
Mayawati along with Kanshi Ram was main center of attraction.

Some of them moved toward the elephant gallery, others inspected the
semi- constructed amphitheatre. Several of them climbed on the top of
the tomb to have a better view of the parivartan sthal.

The president of BSP state unit Swami Prasad Maurya said as mark of
respect to the dalit messiah Dr Ambedkar the Chief Minister Mayawati
constructed the grand memorial. Terming it as a monument of the
deprived class Maurya said this memorial would motivate them to work
for social justice and equality.

Sangram a native of Bhaura village located near Ram Sanehi ghat in
Barabanki district had come along with his family. "Few years back I
along with the other villagers use to visit Ayodhya on December 6 to
participate in the programme organized by saffron brigade but after
joining BSP I decided to visit Lucknow to pay obeisance to Dr Ambedkar
on his parinirvan diwas (death anniversary)", he said.

For the children of Rajendra Gautam a resident of Mishrikh in Sitapur
district it was time to improve their general knowledge. As he moved
in the gallery he told them about struggle of Ambedkar in the early
years, his education, visit to Great Britain, fight for the right of
the dalit community and conversion to Buddhism. "The artists have
rightly engraved the moments depicting the life of Ambedkar on stone",
he said.

Majority of the workers left their home early in the morning braving
the chilled winter wind to reach the spot. They gathered in the open
area along with the women and the children to warm themselves in the
sunlight. "We would leave the city after seeing other monuments and
parks", said Mahipal resident of Tulsipur village in Unnao district.

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