Congress extends support to Ravidasia community, calls for reconstruction of Guru Ravidas Temple

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Speaking to the media, Congress party extended its support to Ravidasia community on Tuesday. The party condemned the demolition of Guru Ravidas Temple in Tughlaqabad, Delhi.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said that the demolition had hurt the sentiments of people. He also called on the central government, asking for the reconstruction of the temple.

He, as quoted by ANI, said “Demolition of the temple is a crime. If the government
wanted it could have found a way or a review petition could have been filed in the
court. The temple should be built again and necessary orders are taken from court.”

In a related incident, Punjab on Tuesday was put under high security since the demonstrators from Ravidasia community came out on streets for protesting. Shops, commercial establishments have been shut down across the state. Due to the heavy tensions schools, colleges, and government offices of some area have also been closed down. Jalandhar and Ludhiana are said to be one of the most affected regions in the state. Protestors have also blocked the Jalandhar-Delhi National highway.

BACKGROUND OF GURU RAVI DAS CASE:

Supreme court on 9 august heard the case titled ‘Guru Ravidas Jayanti Samaroh Samiti vs Union of India’. In the decision, it announced that Guru Ravidas Jayanti Samaroh Samiti has committed a serious breach by not vacating the forest area as earlier ordered by the court. Therefore it ordered DDA (Delhi Development Authority) to carry on the demolition.

Almost every party from Punjab has come out expressing their anger over the incident. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has urged Prime Minister’s intervention for resolving the matter. SAD (Shiromani Akali Dal) party has also condemned the Delhi government’s decision. It also said that the party will pursue a legal case on its own expenses.

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