Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid rich tributes to the architect of the Constitution and Dalit messiah, Babasaheb Ambedkar on his 58th death anniversary which is also being observed as “Mahaparinirvana Diwas”.
“On his Mahaparinirvana Diwas, I bow to the venerable Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar. His contribution to the nation is eternal and invaluable,” Modi tweeted.
The Prime Minister, who paid floral tributes at Ambedkar’s portrait in Parliament, said, “Dr Ambedkar was a man ahead of his time and we remmber his efforts to eradicate social evils and the importance he gave to education.”
Noting that Ambedkar had become “a voice for the oppressed and downtrodden”, Modi said, “His ideals and thoughts continue to guide us in our quest for an equal society.”
In Maharashtra, thousands of followers from all over the state converged at his memorial ‘Chaityabhoomi’ near Shivaji Park in Dadar.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and education minister Vinod Tawde 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.
The city’s public transport wing, BEST undertaking, ran special buses between Dadar and Shivaji Park, an official said, adding that food stalls were also being put up to provide free snacks there.