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BJP is to Ravidas temple what Babar was to Ram temple, says AAP's Sanjay Singh

The temple was demolished in August by the Delhi Development Authority on the direction of the Supreme Court

By PTI in New Delhi
  • Published 17.09.19, 10:41 PM
  • Updated 17.09.19, 10:41 PM
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Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh told reporters on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, "The BJP claims that Babar demolished the Ram Temple. In that case, the BJP is doing the same thing by demolishing Ravidas temple. (Image: Wikipedia)

Blaming the BJP for the demolition of a Ravidas temple in Delhi, senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh alleged that the saffron party had acted like Mughal emperor Babar.

The temple in South Delhi's Tughlaqabad was demolished on August 10 by the Delhi Development Authority on the direction of the Supreme Court, sparking protests from members of the Dalit community.

As it snowballed into a major controversy, the Aam Aadmi Party sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention in ensuring that the land is given back to the community to rebuild the place of worship.

The AAP MP said the demolition of the 500-year-old temple hurt sentiments of several people from the Dalit community.

"The BJP claims that Babar demolished the Ram Temple. In that case, the BJP is doing the same thing by demolishing Ravidas temple," Singh told reporters.

"No response has been received from either the prime minister or Housing and Urban Affairs minister (Hardeep Singh Puri) to the letters written by us," he said.

He said if no action is taken in the matter, they would hold a protest at the Jantar Mantar on September 21.

Delhi's Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam alleged that the BJP does not want to rebuild the Ravidas temple.

"There should be no politics on this. Nearly 96 people who protested against the demolition of the temple are still in jail. They have not been granted bail. Police should investigate based on records and punish the people who have done wrong," Gautam said.

There was no immediate reaction from the BJP.

Union Minister Puri had earlier said the Centre is determined to find a solution and possibly identify an alternative site to "relocate" the temple.

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