Singing bhajans (devotional songs), BJP workers staged a sit-in protest outside the 300-year-old Shiva temple bulldozered last week in Rajasthan’s Alwar district on Saturday to clear the way. for a road.
While at the temple, Kirori Lal Meena, a Rajya Sabha MP, records his protest from the comfort of a mattress as he prepares for a long journey.
According to Rajasthan’s ruling Congress, it was the BJP that had promised a road called the “Gaurav Path” at the site where the demolition took place. The Congress alleges that the Rajgarh City Council, which is controlled by the BJP, passed a resolution in September last year to build the road after removing the encroachment.
“Congress is trying to blame the nagar palika of this city and crucify the chief executive of Rajgarh city for demolishing the temple,” Meena said.
“The city council only passed a resolution that the “Gauarv path” should be made, they did not say that houses and shops should be demolished. This the Congress government only did and they blame the BJP. The BJP will not destroy temples,” he added.
The ruling convention states that the decision to demolish the temple to widen the road was the responsibility of the local congregation.
Congressmen lifted Bharat Mata ki Jai slogans when Minister of State Jitendra Singh, who removed the microphone from the bhajan singers, promised that a temple would be rebuilt on that land.
Along with the temple, 86 shops and homes were also demolished. Local Congress MLA Johari Lal Meena reportedly opposed the demolition.
“Who will support me in these difficult financial times?… This store was my only source of income. I don’t know what to do now,” said Anita Sharma, 60, a widow whose store was one of many that last years were demolished. Sunday. She was earning Rs 4,000 a month from the store.
Manju Jangid’s three-storey house has also been destroyed. Worse, her 90-year-old mother-in-law is trapped on the first floor and the only way to get up and down is an unsteady wooden ladder.
“Everyone is talking about mandirs and idols, but what about us humans living in this heat without water and electricity. How can I climb up and down these broken stairs to take care of my mother-in-law. What if she gets sick? ” asked Mrs. Jangid.
People whose houses are half demolished are trying to guard houses without doors and beat the heat without power.
“On the evening of the 6th we got reminders, the days after we thought about what to do. Then there was a weekend. On Monday and Tuesday we ran past government offices but no one listened, and then a long weekend… administration has decided to carry out the demolition on April 17, a Sunday, so that we could not get a suspension from the court,” said Govind Vijayvargia, an affected shopkeeper.
The congressional delegation, which blames the BJP, also filed a police complaint against the chairman of the municipality for acting in a way to hurt people’s religious feelings and demanded that he be arrested.
“Where is the chairman of the municipality? Why has he not been arrested? We have now filed a police charge against them,” said Congresswoman Bhanwar Jitendra Singh, a former MP from Alwar.
Official sources say there is no movement to rehabilitate or compensate those affected by the demolition.