Mumbai : In a surprise development, the Uddhav Thackeray government on Friday abruptly postponed the foundation stone-laying ceremony of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar statue after a row was sparked off over not inviting opposition party leaders and the family members of the architect of Indian constitution.
The “bhoomi pujan” ceremony was supposed to be held on Friday afternoon and Thackeray was to preside over the ceremony at Indu Mills in Dadar area.
It was alleged that the grandson of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, Prakash did not receive any invitation while his other grandson Anandraj got a last-minute invite for the programme. Besides, former chief minister and now the leader of Opposition, Devendra Fadnavis and the Opposition leader in the state legislative council, Pravin Darekar were also not invited for the function.
However, the deputy chief minister, Ajit Pawar, urban development minister Eknath Shinde, tourism minister Aaditya Thackeray and other cabinet ministers of the Thackeray government were invited for the programme.
When the opposition raised hue and cry over the lapses, the chief minister Thackeray has finally postponed the event and said that it would be held soon and all the leaders would be invited. “There is no need to politicise the issue. The MMRDA has made all preparations to revise the design of the statue following the Cabinet approval. An important ceremony like this needs everyone’s participation and I have instructed MMRDA to do the needful, Thackeray said.