The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Sunday expressed her displeasure over the poor upkeep of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar samajik parivartan sthal.
To pay tribute to Dr Ambedkar on his 53rd death anniversary Mayawati visited the memorial located on the bank of River Gomti. The dim light in the gallery located under the main tomb and layer of dust over the pedestal on which the statue of Dr Ambedkar has been installed upset the Chief Minister.
She directed the officers to ensure proper lighting near the statues and to keep the area clean. As she moved around the gallery semi finished work and heaps of stone lying around the tomb added to her annoyance. The officers accompanying the Chief Minister had tough time explaining reasons for the slow progress of the work.
Thousands of BSP supporters had gathered in the parivartan sthal as Mayawati paid floral tribute to Dr Ambedkar. The slogan 'Baba tera mission adhura Mayawati karegi pura' (Mayawati will complete the mission of Dr Ambedkar), Baba teri nek kamai tune soote kaum jagayi' (Dr Ambedkar had recharged the community that was in deep slumber) rented in the air.
Several of the BSP workers were seen carrying placard with the pictures of Mayawati and Dr Ambedkar. They jostled with each other to have a glimpse of Mayawati as she walked out of the main tomb. After waving her hand toward the supporters Mayawati along with the national general secretary SC Mishra left the spot.
As the cavalcade of the Chief Minister moved out of the memorial the BSP workers broke the security cordon and soon the blue brigade was spread all over the memorial area. Awe was clear on their face as they walked over the granite steps and entered inside the tomb. The statue of Dr Ambedkar located in the center of the gallery and the statue of Mayawati along with Kanshi Ram was main center of attraction.
Some of them moved toward the elephant gallery, others inspected the semi- constructed amphitheatre. Several of them climbed on the top of the tomb to have a better view of the parivartan sthal.
The president of BSP state unit Swami Prasad Maurya said as mark of respect to the dalit messiah Dr Ambedkar the Chief Minister Mayawati constructed the grand memorial. Terming it as a monument of the deprived class Maurya said this memorial would motivate them to work for social justice and equality.
Sangram a native of Bhaura village located near Ram Sanehi ghat in Barabanki district had come along with his family. "Few years back I along with the other villagers use to visit Ayodhya on December 6 to participate in the programme organized by saffron brigade but after joining BSP I decided to visit Lucknow to pay obeisance to Dr Ambedkar on his parinirvan diwas (death anniversary)", he said.
For the children of Rajendra Gautam a resident of Mishrikh in Sitapur district it was time to improve their general knowledge. As he moved in the gallery he told them about struggle of Ambedkar in the early years, his education, visit to Great Britain, fight for the right of the dalit community and conversion to Buddhism. "The artists have rightly engraved the moments depicting the life of Ambedkar on stone", he said.
Majority of the workers left their home early in the morning braving the chilled winter wind to reach the spot. They gathered in the open area along with the women and the children to warm themselves in the sunlight. "We would leave the city after seeing other monuments and parks", said Mahipal resident of Tulsipur village in Unnao district.