Similar incidents were reported where a statue of Dr Ambedkar was also vandalised by some unidentified people in Firozabad, Etah, Siddhartnagar and Allahabad districts recently. However, the local administration had it re-painted blue this morning, an official said.
Very soon after the act, a group of workers came at the spot and repainted the statue in blue color. It led to protests in the area and the administration replaced it with a new statue bringing it from Agra.
In the past too, the government has been criticised by the opposition for imposing saffron colour.
Damaged statue of BR Ambedkar re-painted blue by BSP Leader Himendra Gautam. This was all the more evident the way Dr BR Ambedkar's statue was repainted from saffron to blue in Budaun after a hue and cry was raised over the colour scheme of this newly installed statue. Well, there was something new about this statue and it turned Dalits red face.
"When Babasaheb embraced Buddhism his dress was of saffron colour".
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"Baba Ji Ka Mission Adhura, BJP Kar Rahi Hai Pura" (Ambedkar's mission is incomplete, BJP is completing it) - the BJP has coined this slogan for Ambedkar Jayanti celebrations in Uttar Pradesh, and added a "Ambedkar Mission Padyatra" on April 13 to its mega plans.
It was on Kalicharans complaint that a case was registered against a person for allegedly damaging Ambedkars statue, police spokesperson said.
Superintendent of Police Kamal Kishore said the police covered the vandalised statue with cloth and started a probe into the incident.
This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.