Everyone wants a piece of Ambedkar Jayanti: BJP to hold big bash, Cong wants gold coins, stamps

The Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar on April 14 in a big way.

hidden April 10, 2015 10:40:59 IST
Everyone wants a piece of Ambedkar Jayanti: BJP to hold big bash, Cong wants gold coins, stamps

The Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar on 14 April in a big way. The decision becomes significant as UP goes to the polls in two years and it would be BJP's way to challenge the BSP, which projects itself as the messiah of Dalits and lays claim to Ambedkar's ideals.

The BJP state unit will make every attempt to present itself as close to the Dalits on the birth anniversary of Dr Ambedkar, a senior party member told TOI. The decision to mark Ambedkar's birth anniversary has been taken at the national executive committee meet at Bengaluru on Saturday .

Everyone wants a piece of Ambedkar Jayanti BJP to hold big bash Cong wants gold coins stamps

Many turn up at the leader's Dadar home to pay their respects. Reuters image

Confirming that the party will focus big time on Ambedkar, UP in-charge Om Mathur said that the finer points of the programme would be finalized soon. "

After 14 April, programmes would be held throughout the year as it will be 125th anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar. And the programmes will be focused towards welfare of the poor," he said.

A sizeable number of Dalit voters had voted for BJP in the Lok Sabha elections. While BSP has resorted to wait and watch strategy since its drubbing in subsequent polls, the BJP think-tank sees it as an opportunity to garner more Dalit votes along with wooing the other backward classes.

"BJP believes that Dr BR Ambedkar was not only a leader of Dalits but of the country," said Union Minister Prof Ramshanker Katheria.

Issue stamps, gold coins on Ambedkar's birth anniversary: Cong MP

A Congress MP has demanded that the Centre issue postal stamps and gold coins weighing five and 10 grams to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.

"I have written a letter to the Prime Minister seeking to issue an appropriate postal stamp and gold coins of five and ten grams to commemorate 125th birth anniversary year of Dr Ambedkar beginning from April 14, 2015," said Congress' Rajya Sabha MP Bhalchandra Mungekar.

With inputs from PTI and IANS

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