Even as Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said he had sought time from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to demand that 12 acre of National Textile Corporation land near Chaityabhoomi in central Mumbai be gi

ven to the state government for setting up an Ambedkar Memorial Social Justice University and Vippasana Centre, state NCP vice- president Vijay Kamble welcomed the move.

Kamble who is an eminent Dalit leader besides president of Samajit Samta Manch said the entire community would welcome the statement of Chavan and the entire community would be thankful to both CM and Dy CM Ajit Pawar.

Kamble said only hoped that the state government brought out the notification as soon as possible. The promise given to the followers of Dr Ambedkar should be kept in letter and spirit, he said.

Kamble said that the announcement about the allotment of land was the result of the movement run by him. He also said that the government had taken serious note of the recent agitation by him and hundreds of activists when they tried to gatecrash into the Indu Mill and display the board saying the land belonged exclusively to the National Monument for Dr Ambekar.

The government had earlier promised to acquire four acres of the 12 acres of Indu mill land for the expansion of the existing memorial at Chaityabhoomi in Dadar.

However, the Nationalist Congress Party, which is a part of the government, on its foundation day in July, put forth its intention of acquiring the entire plot along with a proposal to change the name of Dadar railway station to Chaityabhoomi.

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