Monday, June 13, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Chaityabhoomi issue: NCP and Congress tussle for credit

Chaityabhoomi issue: NCP and Congress tussle for credit
Published: Friday, Jun 10, 2011, 20:58 IST
Place: Mumbai | Agency: PTI

The demand to change the name of Dadar railway station in suburban
Mumbai to Chaityabhoomi and upgrading the memorial of Dr BR Ambedkar,
made at NCP's 12th foundation day rally ìn Mumbai, will see a tug of
war between NCP and its ally in power, Congress, over claiming the

In a bid to woo dalit voters, ahead of the crucial local bodies polls
next year, the NCP sought to rename Dadar railway station as
Chaityabhoomi, since Dr Ambedkar lived there and his final resting
place, which is known as Chaityabhoomi, is also in Dadar.

Congress was quick to respond that it was the first to make such a
demand. Later, the party announced that chief minister Prithviraj
Chavan would soon meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, seeking to
expedite the proposal to allot the Indu Mill land near Chaityabhoomi
for upgrading and modernising the Ambedkar Memorial. It also proposed
a Chaityabhoomi Development Authority for the same.

Today at its rally, senior NCP leaders said that 12.5 acres of Indu
Mill land should be handed over for the Chaityabhoomi upgradation

PWD minister Chhagan Bhujbal, while speaking at the rally said, the
demand was first made by NCP's Vijay Kamble some years ago.

"Let's not fight over claiming the credit. Let's also ensure that we
implement what we have resolved. Whether it is us or them, who did it
first, is irrelevant," he said and wondered by a controversy erupts
when something has to be named after Dr Ambedkar.

Reacting to NCP's demands, MPCC general secretary Sanjay Dutt said the
Congress had already been taking initiatives and the chief minister
will soon lead a delegation to meet the prime minister to urge him to
expedite the decision on Indu Mill land, to facilitate a befitting
Ambedkar memorial.

He said that his party would also speed up the follow-up with the
government on the Chaityabhoomi renaming issue.

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