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[ZESTCaste] Stir planned for setting up Ambedkar memorial in Delhi

Stir planned for setting up Ambedkar memorial in Delhi
TNN | Jan 16, 2012, 02.01AM IST

GONDIA: Dalit Mahapanchayat will launch a nationwide campaign to press
for five major demands, including a national memorial of Babasaheb
Ambedkar at his residence in New Delhi and separate constituencies for
backward and tribal communities. This announcement was made by Indresh
Gajbhiye, president of National Dalit Mahapanchayat, New Delhi.

Gajbhiye is also chairman of Dr Ambedkar Sanman Samiti, New Delhi and
Finance Corporation of Madhya Pradesh government. Gajbhiye said that
if Mahatma Gandhi is addressed as father of the nation, Ambedkar
should be given the honour of calling as father of the Indian
Constitution. He was critical of foreign dignitaries visiting
memorials of Gandhi and Nehru families only.

Gajbhiye said that most of Ambedkar's literary activities, including
writing Indian Constitution and on religion were done at 26, Alipur
Road, New Delhi residence and there cannot be any better avenue than
this for the national memorial. He recalled that this building
belonging to the Jindals was purchased by NDA government in 2003 at a
cost of Rs 16 crore. The then prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had
declared it as a national memorial with a provision of Rs 100 crore
for its development and beautification. But NDA lost power in the next
general elections and successive governments ignored the issue.

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had in a meeting on November 29 last
year accepted the demand in principle and a committee of various
ministers was appointed to decide further course of action within
three months. The wait is on, he said.

If this deadline is not met, these committees will launch a nationwide
campaign, he said.

About separate constituencies for backward communities, Gajbhiye said
that although there are reserved constituencies for this class, since
the voters of the developed class are in majority, the representatives
from these constituencies can ill-afford to work against the interest
of these communities. He pleaded for separate constituencies for
backward communities. The other three demands also related to the
memorial issue.

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