"The BJP government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has worked tirelessly for the emancipation and upliftment of Dalits by the construction of more than 40 lakh toilets in the rural areas", he said.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that Dr Ambedkar, like Dr Martin Luther King Jr, is an inspiring figure for all humanity. "Therefore, we cleansed Ambedkar's statue with milk and water after it was garlanded by the BJP leaders", he added.
Meanwhile, in Phagwara (Punjab), members of two Hindu groups and a Dalit outfit clashed, injuring four persons, with Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today appealing for peace and ordering suspension of mobile Internet and text services in four districts.
Punjab's Phagwara was tense after a communal clash broke out between a Dalit and a Hindu outfit over renaming of a traffic intersection in a bid to pay tribute to Ambedkar late Friday night.
In Greater Noida in UP, a statue of Ambedkar was found damaged yesterday.
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The situation was said to be under control as authorities imposed prohibitory conditions and deployed additional police force. Security has been beefed up across the state.
In Aurangabad, the police band troops led by SRP inspector Rajendra Katul saluted the statue of Dr Ambedkar at Bhadkal gate and paid rich tribute this morning.
Outside the country, Ambedkar's birth anniversary became a rallying point at the United Nations where a group of Sikhs held a protest against the atrocities against minorities and Dalits in India.
After its new found bonhomie with the BSP, the Samajwadi Party will also celebrate Ambedkar Jayanti in a big way.
A large number of Ambedkar followers visited Mhow to pay their respects to independent India's first law minister.