Political leaders from different parties and people from different walks of life also paid floral tributes at the statue of Dr B R Ambedkar in the state capital and various places in Odisha. Appropriately, he is considered the Chief Architect of Indian Constitution which continues to be the guiding light for the Republic of India.
He said Ambedkar had recognised the difference between India and other countries and accordingly prepared plans for shaping future of the country.
The prime minister praised Babasaheb Ambedkar's contributions at the launch of the first wellness centre under "Ayushman Bharat" in Bastar. Meanwhile, the visit of Punjab BJP president Shawait Malik has been cancelled owing to the tension as he was to visit Phagwara today to address BJP councillors.
Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar's birth anniversary on 14th April is celebrated as the Ambedkar Jayanti or Bhim Jayanti.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that Dr Ambedkar, like Dr Martin Luther King Jr, is an inspiring figure for all humanity.
"I want to tell Modiji and his government that commemorating places related to Babasaheb's life and inaugurating schemes in his name, will in no way lead to development of Dalits", she said. The Prime Minister said special courts are being set up for an urgent hearing of cases involving atrocities on SCs and STs. The Dalit-dominated Shobhapur village, where a police post was burnt on April 2, did not hold any event on Ambedkar Jayanti as a mark of protest over the BSP worker's murder. "Pujya Babasaheb gave hope to lakhs of people belonging to the poorest and marginalised sections of society". "We remain indebted to him for his efforts towards the making of our Constitution". Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also paid tribute to the statue of Baba Saheb at Swarnim Park in Gandhinagar.