Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday paid rich tributes to the architect of Indian Constitution, BR Ambedkar on his 61 st Mahaparinirvan Diwas here.
Mr Fadnavis and Mr Rao visited Chaityabhoomi near Shivaji Park in Dadar, Mumbai to pay tributes to the leader.
The rain-soaked ground at Chaityabhoomi did not deter the followers of Dr Ambedkar who gathered from various parts of the state and country.
His followers shouted slogans like ‘Jai Bheem’ and ‘Babasaheb amar rahe’.
The state Secretariat, Mantralaya, Vidhan Bhawan and the Legislature’s staff also offered tributes to the late leader.
He initiated the Dalit Buddhist Movement and also fought against social discrimination.
Mumbai police and BMC have made arrangements to manage crowds and avoid any untoward incident.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has installed temporary sheds, mobile toilets and six medical stalls at Shivaji Park, Dadar station, Rajgriha (Ambedkar’s residence) and Kurla terminus in view of the huge rush of the Dalit icon’s followers.
The BMC also made arrangements for accommodation of the visitors at 70 civic schools in the city.
The police has set up two help desks near Dadar’s Chaityabhoomi where followers of Dr Ambedkar will gather to pay homage.
Along with the Mumbai police, special teams, including the SRPF, Riot Control Police, QRT and Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS), have also been deployed to tackle possible terror threats.
Around 900 women constables will be deployed to keep tab on criminal activities targeting women.
”CCTV camera units have been installed all over the city to monitor happenings.” Deepak Deoraj, Deputy Commissioner of Police (operations) said.