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'Deep-Rooted Conspiracy'

A late-night meeting with Chief Minister Manohar Joshi on July 11, a visit to the desecrated site and Republican Party of India (RPI) leader and B.R. Ambedkar's son Prakash Ambedkar is still baffled by the events. Two hours past the midnight of a har

'Deep-Rooted Conspiracy'
Who do you think is responsible for the desecration of the bust of Babasaheb Ambedkar?

The names still have to come out. The police should know because their chowki was situated next to the statue. The CM too says he has no inkling of who the miscreants might be. But we are still trying to find out who permitted the shooting without orders from the magistrate.

But the police say permission is not required in situations like the one at the Ramabai Ambedkar colony.

Whatever the case, without the signature of the magistrate, no permission can be given to open fire. We have asked for the suspension of ACP Sudhakar More and PSI Kadam.

What, according to you, will be the outcome of the judicial inquiry?

We are against a judicial inquiry because it will take a year to be completed and the police inquiry will come to a standstill. We would rather that the CID crime take over, but the CM says he has already given his word for a judicial inquiry in the House. However, he says my point of view will be duly considered, provided it is acceptable to other parties.

Do you think this episode was politically motivated. Should the government resign?

I think there's a deep-rooted conspiracy and it has been hatched keeping the Lok Sabha polls in mind. This is the fifth such incident in the state in the past three months. However, I'm against the government resigning since that doesn't solve anything. What's important is that the culprits be brought to book.

Rumours are rife that the Congress is definitely involved in this attempt to humble the ruling government while the Assembly is in session.

These are mere allegations and one should not jump headlong into speculation.

Do you feel the real problems of Dalits have been ignored due to bickering and divisiveness within the party?

Divisiveness has never been an issue—and it certainly isn't in a case like this. And we are still concerned with achieving for our people respectability, political participation and security.

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