PM Modi pays tribute to Ambedkar on his 58th death anniversary

Rich tributes were today paid to the architect of Constitution, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on his 58th death anniversary, observed as '<em>Mahaparinirvan Din</em>'.

hidden December 06, 2014 14:31:07 IST
PM Modi pays tribute to Ambedkar on his 58th death anniversary

Mumbai: Rich tributes were today paid to the architect of Constitution, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on his 58th death anniversary, observed as 'Mahaparinirvan Din' by thousands of followers from all over the state who converged at his memorial 'Chaityabhoomi' near Shivaji Park in Dadar.

PM Modi pays tribute to Ambedkar on his 58th death anniversary

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"On his Mahaparinirvana Diwas, I bow to the venerable Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. His contribution to the Nation is eternal and invaluable," the PMO quoted Modi as saying in a tweet.

"Dr. Ambedkar was a man ahead of his time. We remember his efforts to eradicate social evils and the importance he gave to education," the tweet added.

Another PMO tweet said: "Babasaheb became a voice for the oppressed and downtrodden. His ideals and thoughts continue to guide us in our quest for an equal society."

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and education minister Vinod Tawde were among the leaders who paid homage to Ambedkar at 'Chaityabhoomi'.

At Mantralaya, the state secretariat, floral tributes were offered to the late leader. At Vidhan Bhawan, Legislature staff paid tributes to Ambedkar.

The city's public transport wing, BEST undertaking, ran special buses between Dadar and Shivaji Park, an official said, adding that food stalls were also being put up to provide free snacks there.

The BMC has set up temporary sheds, mobile toilets and six medical stalls at Shivaji Park, Dadar Station, at Rajgriha (Ambedkar's residence) and Kurla Terminus. Arrangements were also made to provide drinking water at Shivaji Park, he said.

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, who died on 6 December, 1956, was a jurist, economist, politician and a social reformer who campaigned against social discrimination of Dalits, women and labourers. He was independent India's first law minister and the principal architect of the Constitution of India.

In 1990, Ambedkar was posthumously conferred the Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of India.

(With inputs from PTI and IANS)

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