Uttar Pradesh: Ambedkar's saffron statue painted blue by BSP leader in Badaun

The four were booked under provisions of the SCs  STs Act IT Act and IPC

The four were booked under provisions of the SCs STs Act IT Act and IPC

The statue of the father of constitution, Dr BR Ambedkar, was seen in saffron color and was covered with marigold garlands at a village in Uttar Pradesh called Badaun.

"The saffron-attire statue of Babasaheb was installed in the presence of district administration yesterday, but re-painting was done this morning in the presence of members of Ambedkar Suraksha Samiti, BSP workers, villagers and village pradhan". Ironically, the prince suit of Ambedkar, which is generally blue was painted in saffron colour. "I told the local media that even Gautam Buddha wore saffron and what's wrong if Baba Saheb's (Ambedkar) dress was in saffron", Gautam said. Later the Hajj House was repainted after much protest. Meanwhile, Himendra Gautam evaded question when asked, "When the villagers had no objection to the colour of the statue, why was it re-painted to blue?"

Recently, many numbers of statues were vandalised after a Lenin statue was pulled down in Tripura soon after the BJP wrested the state from the Left.

According to the reports, this Ambedkar statue in Badaun's Dugraiyya village was vandalized.

This is a conscious effort by the party to project the ideological stalwarts of both of its regional rivals, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party, at the same political platform to appeal to the backward communities.

The state has been draped in this colour hue ever since the Yogi-led Bharatiya Janata Party government came into the power. They alleged that an attempt was being made to saffronise Dr Ambedkar. This includes the CM's office and official residences of couple of state ministers.

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