LUCKNOW: Amid row over saffron coat on public offices and places, the Yogi government has ordered all local bodies in the state to display photographs of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar in their offices. The order is mandatory.
Governor Ram Naik had earlier said that ‘Ramji’ was the name of Ambedkar’s father and therefore his real name was Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar. The order has come a month after CM Yogi Adityanath had directed all government departments and both houses of UP assembly to display Ambedkar’s photograph. Analysts see it as another bid by the BJP government to woo dalits ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Dalit voters are presumed to have had played a key role in the BJP win in 2014 parliamentary elections.