Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi during his two-days visit to Gujarat is all set to accept a huge national flag made by the Dalit community that was presented to the state Chief Minister Vijay Rupani but officials reportedly refused to accept it due to lack of space.
According to reports, the vice president will accept the 125 feet wide and 83.3 feet high national flag during his next visit to the poll bound state. He will accept the flag from the community when he visits Dalit Shakti Kendra in Sanand.
Dalit leader Martin Macwan talking to media said, “India’s largest national flag was supposed to be handed over to Rupani. We had requested him to accept the flag with a request that he take steps to end untouchability practices.”
Macwan heads the Navsarjan Trust, which works for Scheduled Caste (SC) community in the state.
He added, “The national flag was not accepted by Gandhinagar collectorate officials. They said, ‘We don’t have enough space to keep the flag and inform once available.’ ”
The Dalit leader further said, “Not accepting the Indian National Flag prepared by Dalits from 10 states. The flag is made out of khadi cloth and has designed and coloured by 100 Dalit Shakti Kendra students and teachers.”
Macwan added, “125 years of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s birth anniversary this year.”