September 15, 2015 12:05:34 am
Dissatisfied with the BJP government’s efforts to reconstruct temples that were recently demolished in Jaipur, the Mandir Bachao Sangharsh Samiti has started a weekly ‘maha-aarti’ to draw attention to the issue.
The Samiti has been conducting the ‘maha-aarti’ every Monday at the site of the demolished Rojgareshwar temple, and claims that the number of participants has been steadily increasing.
This is the latest in a series of protests by the Samiti, which has been at the forefront of the agitation against the demolition of the temples to make way for the metro rail.
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Badrinarayan Choudhary, convener of the Samiti, said their ‘movement’ would continue until the government reconstructs the temples.
“Only Hindu temples were demolished on the premise of development in Jaipur. Non-Hindu religious places were spared. This reflects the state government’s policy of discrimination. The Samiti has demanded that action be taken against officers who were responsible for the demolition of the temples,” he said.
Choudhary pointed out that in July, the Samiti’s protest had halted vehicular movement in the city for two hours. And on Raksha Bandhan, raakhi-tying ceremonies were organised in 385 temples across the city.
The temple demolition issue was also brought up in the presence of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, who is on a tour of Rajasthan. In Jaipur on Monday, some people raised the issue with Bhagwat but the RSS chief did not comment. The Mandir Bachao Sangharsh Samiti did not raise the matter with him as it is a ‘local issue’, sources said.
The state government has appointed cabinet minister Arun Chaturvedi and BJP state president Ashok Pernami to resolve the issue. Both of them had multiple meetings with the Samiti in this regard, and said the meetings were ‘positive’.
The state government is reportedly making efforts to ensure that the issue does not come up during the monsoon session of the Assembly.
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