AAP supports Ravidas Temple demolition protest; likely to demand re-establishment of structure at same place

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Expressing support to the Ravidasia community, Aam Aadmi Party has announced that it will also take part in a protest against Ravidas Temple demolition at Jantar Mantar today.

Speaking to the press conference in the national capital, Rajendra Pal Gautam (Minister of Social Welfare) informed that his party workers from Delhi and adjoining states of Punjab and Haryana will join the protest. They are expected to demand the re-establishment of Ravidas temple at the same location.

The leader mentioned his letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which he wrote on August 12. He urged the Prime Minister to look into the matter at earliest. But with no relief to his queries, he blamed the Union government of repressing the Dalit voice in society. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh had also urged for Prime Minister’s intervention for resolving the matter.

Rajendra Pal Gautam further told media that instead of finding an amicable solution, the government has resorted to oppressive steps. These comments come in light when centre stooped the movement of several trains and bus from nearby states to ease the tensions on the issue.

BACKGROUND OF THE CONTROVERSY:

In a case titled ‘Guru Ravi Das Jayanti Samaroh Samiti vs Union of India’, Supreme Court  ON 9 August iterated that Guru Ravi Das Jayanti Samaroh Samiti has committed a serious breach by not vacating the forest area as earlier ordered by the court. Following the order, DDA (Delhi Development Authority) demolished the temple on 10th August. This sparked a series of controversies which saw jumping of different parties on the matter. Many parts of Punjab saw complete shutdown by the Ravidasia community.

Congress party had also extended its support to Ravidasia community on Tuesday. Randeep Surjewala also called on the central government, asking for the reconstruction of the temple. SAD (Shiromani Akali Dal) party also condemned the Delhi government’s decision. It also said that the party will pursue a legal case on its own expenses.

On a related note, the Supreme Court hearing the petition against the demolition of structure slammed the petitioners for politicizing the matter and urged Delhi and Punjab to look after the law and order situation.

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