Delhi govt announces to build Ravidas temple; CM Arvind Kejriwal urges Centre to allocate land

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Delhi government led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged the Centre to come up with an ordinance to allot 4-5 acres of land for the construction of Ravidas Temple.

Legislative assembly of Delhi said that if the union government comes up with such ordinance, then Delhi government will take the responsibility of constructing the temple.

Speaking on the floor of the legislative assembly, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, as quoted by ANI, said “Around 12-15 crore people are from the Ravidas community and want the Centre to allot the land. If they give the land to us for the construction of the temple, we will give the Centre 100 acres of forest land.”

The comments from Aam Aadmi Party comes two days later after it vowed to support the Ravidas community in their cause by protesting at Jantar Mantar on Thursday.

Arvind Kejriwal also urged the apex court to review the matter with seriousness. He called everyone to rise beyond petty politics and look at this issue seriously. He also slammed the ruling BJP government of deliberately not presenting the proper facts in the Supreme Court.

The demolition of Ravidas temple has turned into a debate of political heat. Wednesday evening saw violent protests by Bhim Army in Delhi region. Demonstrators had set vehicles on fire on the road. The situation turned so grave that Delhi Police had to resort to ‘lathi-charge’ and tear-gas shells while handling the law and order situation. After the incident, Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad was arrested with 95 others.

Various parties have shown support to the cause of Ravidas community. Not only traditional parties, but even Muslim factions such as All India Muslim Personal Law Board and Anjuman-e-Haideri have extended their support to the Bhim Army.

AIMPLB  member Mufti Ejaz Arshad Qasmi confirmed to media about his organization’s stand on the matter. He told that wherever people are suppressed, the Muslim body will support them.

BACKGROUND:

In a case titled ‘Guru Ravi Das Jayanti Samaroh Samiti vs Union of India’, Supreme Court 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.

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