Nagpur News: “Dr Ambedkar Bhavan on Kidwai road in Mominpura is a historical monument. Karmaveer Dadasaheb Gaikwad had inaugurated it in the year 1959 and since then it remained the centre of Ambekarite movement. I got inspiration from the Republican Party of India leader and former deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha Bar Rajabhau Khobragade. I worked as his deputy election chief during his candidature for Nagpur Lok Sabha election. I used to visit this place for meetings,” said former national president of BJP Nitin Gadkari here on Saturday.
Gadkari was addressing a programme organised to perform bhoomipujan of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Bhavan in (Prabhag 28) Mominpura area on Saturday. Acting mayor and prabhag corporator Jaitunbi Ansari presided over the programme in chief presence of former minister Sulekha Kumbhare, MLA Vikas Kumbhare, MLAKrishna Khopde, Haridas Tembhurne, Umakant Ramteke, NMC Standing Committee chairman Avinash Thakre, ruling party leader Pravin Datke, Murlidhar Meshram, Sheetal Gharat, Rahul Telang, Savita Sangole, Dayashankar Tiwari, Raju Bahadure, Ramesh Singare, Sandip Jadhav, prabhag corporator Kamil Ansari, Gautam Patil, Gautam Godghate, Mangla Choure, Lata Yadav and others were seated on the dais.
Addressing further, Gadkari appreciated the work of corporator Rahul Telang who got the fund of ` 25 lakh sanctioned from weaker section committee of NMC during his tenure as chairman. Gadkari appealed NMC standing committee chairman Avinash Thakre to get images of Dadasaheb Gaikwad, Barr Rajabhau Khobragade, Adv Sakharam Meshram, Adv Dadasaheb Kumbhare and other leaders installed in this Bhavan.
In her speech, Sulekha Kumbhare congratulated NMC office-bearers and officers for making required fund available for construction of Dr Ambedkar Bhavan. She also said that Gadkari pays equal attention towards development of all communities.
Acting mayor Jaitunbi Ansari, Haridas Tembhurne and MLAVikas Kumbhare also addressed the programme.
Former deputy mayor Sandip Jadhav made introductory speech while NMCpublic relation officer Ashok Kolhatkar conducted the proceedings. Rashmi Fadnavis proposed a vote of thanks.
NMC water works committee chairman Sudhakar Kohle, corporators Manisha Ghodeswar, Satyabhama Lokhande, Rajesh Ghodpage, former MLA Yashwant Bajirao, Dr Milind Mane, Kalyansingh Kapoor, Adv Rajendra Patil and many other RPI activists attended the programme.
Former national president of BJP, Nitin Gadkari addressing the programme as others seated on the dais.