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New Delhi: To memorialize the 125th birth anniversary of Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar, the government is likely to come out with a coin of Rs. 125.

br-ambedkars-124th-birthday-5097871942615040-hpBorn on April 14, 1891, Ambedkar’s 125th anniversary has stirred up a political debate between the Congress and the BJP, with both parties trying to claim his legacy. While the opposition announced a year-long celebration, the government followed it up with its own schedule.

The celebratory coin will carry a picture of Ambedkar with 125th birth anniversary celebration etched on it and Rs 125 embossed on it prominently, according to sources. The government will also release a memorial stamp on Ambedkar. Sources say that discussions are going on between the finance ministry and the social justice ministry, headed by Thaawar Chand Gehlot, on the shape and value of the coin.

Also, the government might start demolishing the building at 26, Alipur Road in Delhi around October to pave the ground for the construction of an ‘Ambedkar memorial.’ The Constitution maker lived in the Alipur Road bungalow during his stay in the capital and also breathed his last there.

The unusual attention towards Ambedkar is a result of his second coming as a leader, with the parties trying to bring in the significant amount of Scheduled Caste votes by commemorating him. The Modi government planned out a list of details of events to celebrate the late leader, and Congress president Sonia Gandhi led a party panel to plan the year-long Ambedkar jayanti celebrations.

The competition between the BJP and the Congress became more obvious as Rahul Gandhi led the “national launch” of the Congress programme by visiting the Ambedkar statue in his birthplace Mhow and addressing a public rally later in the town.

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During the protest, Gandhi slammed the Prime Minister over the repeated incidents of violence, rape and murder of women in the country

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “silence” over the rape incidents in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua and Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao was “unacceptable”. He prodded him to speak.

He also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party governments in these states of “protecting rapists”. “Mr Prime Minister, your silence is unacceptable. What do you think about the growing violence against women and children? Why are accused rapists and murderers protected by the state? India is waiting. Speak up,” Gandhi said in a tweet.

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In another tweet earlier, Gandhi thanked people who had taken part in the midnight protest in Delhi against the “slumber” that the Modi government was in and sought justice for the victims.

“Thousands of men and women stood up to be counted in the battle for justice and to protest the rising acts of violence against girls and women.

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“I thank each and everyone of you for your support. It shall not be in vain,” Gandhi said while attaching pictures of people who participated in the protest. Gandhi, who had led the protest Thursday night, was joined by his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and her husband Robert Vadra, hundreds of party workers and senior party leaders.

During the protest, Gandhi slammed the Prime Minister over the repeated incidents of violence, rape and murder of women in the country. “We want the government to take action. Today, women are feeling insecure to move out of their houses. Somewhere a child, a woman is raped, killed and we want that the government should resolve this. The women of the country should feel safe,” he had said. IANS

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