Nation pays homage to B.R. Ambedkar on his 57th death anniversary

President Pranab Mukherjee led the nation in paying homage to Bharat Ratna Baba Saheb Dr. B R Ambedkar on his 57th death anniversary here today.

Mukherjee offered floral tributes at the statue of Baba Saheb at Sansad Bhavan Lawns in the Parliament House complex this morning.

Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and Congress President Sonia Gandhi also offered tributes to the Father of the Indian Constitution, Dr. Ambedkar.

A number of functions are being organised to mark the occasion also known as Mahaparinirvan Diwas.

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar popularly also known as Babasaheb, was an Indian jurist, political leader, philosopher, thinker, anthropologist, historian, orator, prolific writer, economist, scholar, editor, a revolutionary and one of the founding fathers of independent India. He was also the Chairman of the Drafting Committee of Indian Constitution.

Dr. Ambedkar was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian award, in 1990.

Ambedkar followers throng 'Chaityabhoomi'

Mumbai: Rich tributes were today paid to the architect of Constitution Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on his death anniversary, observed as 'Mahaparinirvan Din' by lakhs of followers from all over the state who converged at his memorial 'Chaityabhoomi' near Shivaji Park in Dadar.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and former deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar were among the leaders who paid homage to Ambedkar at 'Chaityabhoomi'.

At Mantralaya, the state Secretariat, floral tributes were offered to the late leader. At Vidhan Bhawan, Legislature staff paid tributes to Ambedkar.

Meanwhile, speaking to reporters after paying tributes, Ajit Pawar welcomed the Centre's announcement regarding handing over the India United (Indu) Mill land here for the construction of Ambedkar's memorial.

A long pending demand of lakhs of followers of Ambedkar has been fulfilled, Pawar said, adding that "no one should try to claim credit for the decision."

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