Ambedkar statue opposed
HT Correspondent
(New Delhi, November 23)

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's proposal to instal a statue of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar in the Old Secretariat became the subject of a debate among some of her own party MLAs.

As soon as Mrs Dikshit moved a resolution in the Assembly to this effect, her own colleague, Mr Roop Chand, was on his feet and opposed the move vehemently.

He said that calling Dr Ambedkar father of the Indian Constitution was erroneous. "It can be historically proved that Dr Ambedkar was the chairman of the drafting committee, one of the many committees of the Constituent Assembly," he said while opposing the resolution.

MLA Raj Kumar Chauhan reacted to this by urging Mr Roop Chand to express his feelings after leaving the House.

"You are here in the Assembly on a reserved seat because of Dr Ambedkar. First resign from the House and then oppose the resolution," he said.

Speaker Chaudhary Prem Singh ended the discussion by stating that the Assembly already had an oil painting of Dr Ambedkar and that there should be no opposition to erecting of a statue as well.

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