Ambedkar's saffron statue re-painted blue

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BSP leader Himendra Gautam evaded reporters" question who asked, "When the villagers had no objection to the colour of the statue, why was it re-painted to blue? Till today, Babasahebs statue used to be either blue or white, but these people gave a saffron colour to the statue and made an effort to damage the dignity of Babasaheb. Samajwadi Party MLA Sunil Singh Sajan had accused the Bharatiya Janata Party-led state government of pushing its own agenda by colouring the statue saffron, which is associated with right-wing nationalist groups. Later the Hajj House was repainted after much protest.

BJP workers across the state will implore Dalits and people from backward communities in every district of the state to join the march on the eve of Ambedkar Jayanti.

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

The statue has been installed in Badaun district and has become a subject of controversy.

But now Gautam has no answer as to why he repainted the statue to blue overnight.

In the last week of March, the Adityanath government had passed an official order seeking to add the middle name "Ramji" to Ambedkar's full name in all official correspondence; Ramji was the name of Ambedkar's father.

A day after its installations, many BSP leaders linked the saffron coat as the colour of Lord Buddha and garlanded the statue.

The saffron based party with Yogi Adityanath in power in the state in UP previous year, several buildings of official status were also painted in that color in Lucknow. This has included using saffron paint for the chief minister's office, police stations and even public buses.