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Dalit lawyers purify Ambedkar statue with milk after BJP leader garlands it

The Dalit lawyers said that BR Ambedkar statue placed near the district court became 'dirty' after BJP leader Sunil Bansal garlanded it.

Meerut: A group of Dalit lawyers in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh ‘purified’ the statue of BR Ambedkar with milk and ‘gangaajal’ (holy Ganga water) soon after it was garlanded by Bharatiya Janata Party’s state secretary Sunil Bansal on Friday.

The lawyers said that the statue placed near the district court became “dirty” after Mr Bansal garlanded it.

“We are purifying this statue because Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s Rakesh Sinha came and garlanded it. BJP government oppresses Dalits. They have nothing to do with Ambedkar, but still they use his name just to promote their party and allure the Dalit community,” a lawyer said.

Ambedkar played a pivotal role in inspiring the Dalit Buddhist movement, campaigned against social discrimination towards untouchables and also supported the rights of women and labourers.

In a similar incident, a temple in an ashram in Uttar Pradesh’s Hamirpur town was purified with ‘gangaajal’ and statutes of deities were sent to Allahabad for purification after the visit of Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Manisha Anuragi. Anuragi visited the temple on July 12 while she was in her assembly constituency to attend a function.

Anuragi walked into the temple and prayed, not knowing then that it would cause some commotion. Locals said women were not allowed inside the temple and could only pray from outside.

(With inputs from ANI)

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