MP CM blames Centre for 'neglect' of Ambedkar memorial

Indore: Alleging gross "neglect" by the Centre towards the Delhi-based memorial of Babasaheb Ambedkar, Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday demanded remodelling of the structure on the lines of Rajghat which is the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.

"I came to know that Ambedkar memorial is locked these days and there is no arrangement to light even a candle at that place and this is highly insulting for the country," Chouhan said while addressing Ambedkar Mahakumbh on the occasion of 120th birth anniversary of Babasaheb Ambedkar at Mhow near here.

Mhow is the birth place of the Father of Indian Constitution.

Chouhan demanded that Centre should purchase land situated near the memorial (26, Alipur Road, Delhi) to develop it on the lines of Rajghat.

Taking a dig at the Centre, he said that in case it has a shortage of funds for development of the memorial, then the Madhya Pradesh government is ready to borne entire expense for the development of the monument which is known as Parivartan Bhumi by his followers.

The Dalit leaders of various political parties recently warned that if the Centre did not take care of the Delhi-based memorial they would block Nagpur-Delhi railway track.

Chouhan announced on the occasion that BJP would extend support to such movement.