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Dalits protest use of saffron colour on under-construction Ambedkar memorial

Press Trust of India  |  Gorakhpur (UP) 

leaders today took strong objection to the painting of the upper part of an under construction here in saffron.

The protesters, however, said a private jewellery firm had undertaken the painting work as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) project and "the government had nothing to do with it".

Chandrashekhar, the president of a local group, said, "They would have painted the entire memorial saffron had we not protested."

"The jewellery firm agreed to our demand to re-paint it in to write "Ambedkar Chauraha" on it. The government wasn't involved in this," he said.

The memorial is being built at Ambedkar Chauraha, around one km from the district magistrate's office, on the lines of Lucknow's famous Parivartan Chowk after demolishing an existing structure.

Asked if the government had ordered to paint the memorial in saffron, D K Singh said there was no such instruction.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 01:35 IST
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