SP to celebrate Ambedkar Jayanti after friendship with Mayawati

Lucknow: After its new found bonhomie with the BSP won it two Lok sabha seats in recent bypolls in Uttar Pradesh, the Samajwadi Party is set to celebrate Dr Ambedkar Jayanti on April 14 in a big way.
The party which had stayed content with celebrating anniversaries of socialist idealogues like Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia and Janeshwar Misra so far has asked all its district units to celebrate Ambedkar Jayanti at the district party headquarters or any public place to mark the day.
Though the Samajwadi Party’s move has not gone down well with the BJP, which has termed it a big drama, political analyst Ramesh Dixit said it is aimed at further consolidating the relations.
“All the forces of social justice are coming together on one platform… this move is aimed at consolidating the friendship for the cause of defeating rivals,” Dixit said, who retired as head of the political science department of Lucknow University. “It is also a move to claim the legacy of social justice espoused by these parties which was being grabbed by the BJP which has had no connection with them,” he said.
Samajwadi Party which had been holding customary functions on Ambedkar Jayanti has this time asked its partymen to recall the services of Babasaheb as also his resolve taken while framing the Constitution.