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Indian students can now stay in Ambedkar’s house in London

Indian students visiting London for higher studies will have the option of staying in Babasaheb Ambedkar’s house purchased by the Maharashtra government, said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a memorial at Dr. Ambedkar’s house on November 14 during his visit to London, along with Mr. Fadnavis.

Interestingly, no Opposition leader was invited by the BJP last month when Mr. Modi laid the foundation stone for Dr. Ambedkar’s memorial at Indu Mill in Central Mumbai. Even the ally, Shiv Sena, was left out.

Mr. Fadnavis hinted that none of the Opposition leaders would be present as it wouldn’t be a glitzy affair in London. However, Republican Party of India leader Ramdas Athawale is likely to attend the event.

“As per our plan, the ground floor of the house will be converted into a library and memorial. Books written by Dr. Ambedkar will be displayed along with various artefacts. We have planned to rent out the first floor to Indian students who are visiting London for higher studies,” said Mr. Fadnavis.

Dr. Ambedkar had stayed in this house as a student while completing his studies.

The 2,050 sqft, three-storey bungalow on King Henry Road, NW3, London, was purchased by the Maharashtra government in September this year for Rs. 31 crore.

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