The President, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil led the nation in paying homage to Bharat Ratna Baba Saheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar on his 121st Birth Anniversary here today. The President offered floral tributes at the statue of Baba Saheb at Sansad Bhavan Lawns in the Parliament House complex this morning.
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Vice President, Shri M. Hamid Ansari also offered tributes to the Father of the Indian Constitution, Dr. Ambedkar.
Among other leaders who paid floral homage to Baba Saheb included the Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Mukul Wasnik, the Minister of Labour & Employment Shri Mallikarjun Kharge and the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal amongst others .
The UPA Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi and Senior Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Shri Lal Krishna Advani also paid floral tributes to Dr.Ambedkar.
Thousands of people visited the Parliament House Complex since morning to pay tributes to the messiah of the marginalized and downtrodden sections of society amidst chanting of slogans ‘Baba Saheb Amar Rahe’, ‘Jai Bheem’ and ‘Jai Bharat’. The function began with a prayer by Buddhist monks.
The function was organised by the Ambedkar Foundation, an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.