Thursday, December 15, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalit leaders-government row worsens

Dalit leaders-government row worsens

Ganesh N
Express News Service
Last Updated : 16 Dec 2011 07:47:06 AM IST

MUMBAI: The face-off between the government and Dalit leaders over the
proposed memorial for Dr B R Ambedkar in his home state in Maharashtra
continued to worsen with the Union Government expressing its desire to
part with less land than what had been demanded.

Dalit leaders are up in arms against the Union Government's decision
to allot merely 4 acres against the 12 acres of Indian United Mill
land in Mumbai that has been demanded by the Dalit community for the
construction of a memorial for Dr B R Ambedkar. Ever since December 6,
the death anniversary of Dr Ambedkar, Dalits have forcibly entered the
mill premises that is close to Chaitya Bhoomi in Mumbai where the
leader's remains have been consigned. Anandraj Ambedkar chief of
Republican Sena a wing of Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh (Prakash Ambedkar)
and his 1000 odd followers have taken forcible possession of a portion
of INDU (India United) Mill in central Mumbai to erect the memorial of
Dr B R Ambedkar and other facilities for the followers of the Dalit

Republican Party of India (RPI) leader Ramdas Athavale said that he
will not allow any Union Minister to set foot in Maharashtra till the
land for the memorial is officially allotted for the memorial.
Athavale was responding to the statement made by Minister of State for
Textile Panaba Laxmi in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.


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