Delhi Assembly Passes Resolution to build Ravidas Temple, Asks Centre to Allot Land

Delhi Assembly on Thursday tabled a resolution demanding an ordinance by the Centre to allot land for rebuilding the demolished Saint Ravidas temple in the national capital.

During the discussion, while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Centre for the demolition, the BJP legislators supported the resolution.

Vishesh Ravi of  AAP tabled the resolution saying the House shares the sentiment of millions of Indians who were “deeply hurt because of the demolition of Saint Ravidas temple in Delhi”.

Calling the temple ‘historically significant’, as Saint Ravidas had visited the site and lived there for some time, the resolution said the demolition not only crushed “the religious sentiments, but also the history of Dalit struggle”.

“This House resolves that the central government mishandled the issue by not supporting their cause in the court of law, which finally led to its unjustified and unfortunate demolition,” the resolution read.

The House resolved to convey the sentiments of millions to the central government and “demand that the Centre must immediately bring an ordinance to allot land for Ravidas temple”.

The Assembly also resolved that the Delhi government should construct a magnificent Ravidas temple at the site after allocation of land by the Centre.

A temple of Saint Ravidas was demolished in the forest area of south Delhi’s Tughlakabad on August 10 after a Supreme Court order.

During the discussion, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said his government was ready to exchange 100 acres of land with the central government if DDA agreed to hand over four acres to Saint Ravidas committee for temple reconstruction. He also requested people from doing politics over the issue.

Source : Various