Saturday, January 28, 2012

[ZESTCaste] TDP seeks Ambedkar's statue at state legislature

TDP seeks Ambedkar's statue at state legislature
PTI | 11:01 PM,Jan 27,2012

Hyderabad, Jan 27 (PTI) The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) today urged
Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar to take steps for the
installation of a bronze statue of Dalit leader Dr B R Ambedkar on the
state Legislature premises. A delegation of TDP legislators met the
Speaker this afternoon and handed over a letter written by their chief
N Chandrababu Naidu. "The Legislatures should stand as models to the
philosophies of liberty, equality and social justice propagated by
Ambedkar. Everyone should re-dedicate themselves to upholding the
democratic values and fulfilling the ideals of the architects of the
Indian Constitution. We should give a proper direction to the coming
generations by installing a statue of Ambedkar," Chandrababu said in
the letter. He also expressed anguish over the desecration of Ambedkar
statues at some places in the state in the last few days. Telugu Desam
Legislature Party deputy leaders M Narasimhulu, Gali Muddukrishnama
Naidu, whip Dhulipalla Narendra and others were among those, who met
the Speaker. Meanwhile, speaking at a conference of backward classes
leaders at the TDP headquarters, Chandrababu demanded that the Central
government constitute a National Backward Classes Commission to
safeguard the interests of BCs in the country. He demanded that 33 per
cent reservation be provided to BCs in the state legislatures and the
Parliament. While welcoming government reservations for Muslims, the
TDP chief wanted a separate quota rather than a sub-quota within the
BC reservations. PTI DBV NP

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