Shalapalli: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao began his speech at the launch of Telangana Dalit Bandhu raising the ‘Jai Bhim’ slogan that is mostly used by the followers of Ambedkarism. Jai Bhim means victory to Bhim referring to BR Ambedkar.
The Chief Minister, in the course of his 50-minute address, praised Ambedkar for helping Dalits get some respite through reservations in education and jobs.
Arriving at the meeting venue at 2.40 pm, Chandrashekhar Rao first garlanded the portraits of Ambedkar and Babu Jagjivan Ram arranged on the dais.
The flexies on the dais sported a different look, with the colour being predominantly being navy blue. The banners had pictues of Ambedkar, Jagjivan Ram, Chandrashekhar Rao and some Ministers.
The crowd went into rapturous sloganeering of ‘Dalit Bandhuvu’ when the Chief Minister addressed the public meeting, indicating the strong emotional chord he had stuck with them. In fact, at one stage, the Chief Minister had to intervene and urged the people to stop slogans shouting.
Hundreds of people were disappointed as they could not reach the meeting venue due to traffic jams en route. Though the police officials diverted normal vehicles from different routes, traffic came to standstill for about 10 km from Huzurabad to the meeting venue.
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