The programme to mark the 203rd anniversary of the Battle of Koregaon Bhima on the “Jaystambh” in Perne village was held peacefully on Friday. Besides senior Dalit leaders and ministers, only some thousand folks turned up for the programme in view of Covid-19.
Police mentioned there was good response to the enchantment made by the state authorities and Ambedkarite outfits that folks mustn’t go to “Jaystambh” and see the “symbolic” programme to mark the anniversary of Battle of Koregaon Bhima reside on tv channels and social media.
Prakash Ambedkar of Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi, Anandraj Ambedkar of Republican Sena, Union minister Ramdas Athavale, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad alias Ravan, Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut have been among the many Dalit leaders who participated within the programme.
Also, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, native NCP MLA Ashok Pawar paid their respects on the “Jaystambh”.
The “symbolic” ceremonies started with Buddhist monks performing Buddha Vandana and Dhamma Desana prayers at “Jaystambh”.