VHP del­e­ga­tion meets Puri for re­build­ing Ravi­das tem­ple

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

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

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