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Signs of split in Guru Ravidass movement

The meeting also decided on a continuous dharna at Jantar Mantar from Wednesday
Guru Ravidass Sabha members during a protest in Amritsar.

Our Special Correspondent   |   New Delhi   |   Published 25.08.19, 08:04 PM

The movement against the demolition of a temple to Guru Ravidass appeared headed for a split on Sunday as leaders of several organisations met but kept a key outfit away from the talks.

Chandrashekhar Azad’s Bhim Army, which rallied thousands for a protest meet on Wednesday in Delhi, was not invited. Police had accused the organisation of going on the rampage after the rally.

Ashok Bharati, president of the All India Ambedkar Mahasabha who attended Sunday’s meeting, said the Santh Samaj led by Guru Sukhadeo Waghmare would lead the movement.

“The meeting expressed displeasure about the Bhim Army’s actions. The leadership will now be with the Santh Samaj,” he said. “The Bhim Army is free to participate.

Bhim Army spokesperson Harjit Singh Bhatti said the organisation would continue to lead the agitation.

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