Friday, March 16, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Ambedkar memorial: Dalit activists attempt to storm legislature

Ambedkar memorial: Dalit activists attempt to storm legislature
Thursday, March 15, 2012 8:07:29 PM by IANS

Bharatiya Janata Party Mumbai, March 15 (IANS) Protesting the delay by
the centre in handing over land for constructing a memorial to B.R.
Ambedkar, the Republican Party of India Thursday staged a noisy
demonstration outside the Maharashtra legislature.

Entering the high-security zone and taking the security by surprise,
around 60 RPI supporters shouted slogans and attempted to barge into
the legislature building at Nariman Point.

However, the police managed to stop them and the protestors were
whisked away from the venue, while around a dozen were detained.

Earlier this week, RPI chief Ramdas Athawale, an ally of the
opposition Shiv Sena-Bharatiya Janata Party, had warned that unless
the centre immediately cleared the proposal, his party would take a
protest march to Mantralaya.

The centre has given an in principle approval to a proposal for
handing over 12.5 acres of the Indu Mills at Shivaji Park in Dadar to
construct an ultra-modern memorial for Ambedkar, the architect of the
Indian Constitution.

The mill land belongs to the National Textile Corporation Ltd and it
must first be transferred to the state government.

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