Mumbai’s Ambedkar Bhavan demolition: From Left to Right, leaders join protest

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A rally to protest the demolition of Ambedkar Bhavan brought traffic in south and central Mumbai to a standstill on Tuesday morning. Rajya Sabha MP and general secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Sitaram Yechury, Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam, AIMIM legislator from Byculla Waris Pathan, Shiv Sena legislator Neelam Gorhe, among a phalanx of leaders cutting across party lines demanded action against the demolition of the historical building in Dadar (East).

 

Also present at the rally, which saw about 20,000 protesters, was Kanhaiya Kumar, president of JNU Students’ Union. While the BJP’s leaders did not participate in the rally from Byculla to Vidhan Bhavan, where the state legislature is in session, the party’s legislators pressed Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to announce an inquiry into how the building, home to a printing press started by Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, was declared dangerous and fit for demolition. Sponsored: Pay 5% on booking & 1% per month till possession for semi-furnished homes @ Godrej Prana, Undri in Pune.

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