VHP delegation meets Puri for rebuilding Ravidas temple
New Delhi: A delegation of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), headed by its international working president Alok Kumar, met Union urban development and housing minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Monday seeking immediate steps for the reconstruction of the Ravidas temple in south Delhi’s Tughlaqabad.
The move comes days after Supreme Court directed all petitioners, who moved the court after demolition of the temple, and other stakeholders to convene a meeting with attorney general KK Venugopal to find out an “amicable” solution.
The delegation comprised representatives from Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist schools of religion. A memorandum was submitted to the minister demanding steps for reconstruction of the temple and making appropriate arrangements for regular rituals and worship in the interim. The delegation demanded that waterbodies in the temple premises be revived and rejuvenated by agencies concerned. Observing that serious breach had been committed by Guru Ravi Das Jayanti Samaroh Samiti by not vacating the forest area as ordered by it, Supreme Court had directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on August 9 to remove the structure. The demolition was followed by vast protests in Delhi as well as the neighbouring states of Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Amassive protest was held by various Dalit organisations in the capital on August 21, which also turned violent. Delhi government has already written to the Centre demanding denotification of the forest land to pave way for reconstruction of the temple.
The move comes days after the apex court had directed all petitioners to convene a meeting with the attorney general to find an ‘amicable’ solution