Rich tributes were paid to the architect of Constitution Dr. B.R. Ambedkar on his 57th death anniversary, in the city on Thursday.

The people converged at the Ambedkar statue near Tummalapalli Kshetrayya Kalakshetram here. The political leaders made a beeline to garland the statue. Floral tributes were offered to the late leader at Government offices and offices of political parties.

A number of functions were organised to mark the occasion also known as Mahaparinirvan Diwas.

At Telugu Desam Party office, party state general secretary Bonda Umamaheswara Rao said the successive governments had miserably failed to implement the welfare schemes for the dalits. The rights enshrined in the Constitution were not ensured for them.

The dalits did not progress economically even after 65 years of independence, he said. Party Urban general secretary Songa Ravindra Varma, vice president Kotteti Hanumantha Rao, and Vijayawada (West) in-charge Buddha Venkanna were present.

The YSR Congress leaders garlanded the portrait of Dr. Ambedkar at their party office. Party women wing convener Tatineni Padmavathi, and district SC cell convener Golla Vara Prasad recalled the services of Dr. Ambedkar, and said that he was the first Indian to receive doctorate from Oxford University.

The CPI leaders garlanded the Ambedkar satues at Tummapallli Kshetrayya Kalakshetram and also near Lotus Landmark at Santhi Nagar here. Party city unit secretary Donepudi Sankar hailed him has dalit intellectual and strived for the uplift the downtrodden.

At a meeting organised by Vijayawada Division of South Central Railway, In-charge SCR Divisional Railway Manager S. Subba Rao said the intellectuals, bureaucrats and the elite in the society should motivate the poor and the downtrodden on the Constitutionand their rights. Acharya Nagarjuna University Reader D. Subba Rao, explained the efforts made by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar to bring reforms in the society and his writings. Senior Divisional Personal Officer P. Srinivasulu, DPO and Liaison Officer J.S. Chowhan, and CMS A.K. Bhatnagar spoke.

At a separate programme, leaders of SCR Karmika Sangh paid tributes to Dr. Ambedkar, and recalled his services to the downtrodden.