Demolition of old temple in Alwar 300 Municipality document exposes Congress lies BJP denounces Ashok Gehlot government


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Demolition of the Alwar temple.

Strong points

  • The demolition of a 300-year-old temple in Rajasthan’s Alwar sparked a row
  • The BJP alleged that many temples coming on the highway to be built in Dausa were demolished
  • The Safran party further alleged that the mosque which stood in the way of the highway was not demolished.

The demolition of a 300-year-old temple in Rajasthan’s Alwar has sparked a political tussle between the BJP and Congress. In the midst of this, India TV accessed documents from the town meeting minutes, allegedly exposing Congress’ lies about it.

According to the minutes of the municipality‘s meeting, a document from 2016 indicates that there is no correct measurement and therefore the encroachment should not be removed. While the second document which dates from 2021 makes no mention of the temple but it was still demolished.

Targeting the Congress party, the BJP alleged that many temples on the way of the highway to be built in Dausa were demolished, but not the mosque which was on the way of the highway.

BJP MP Kirori Lal Meena says CM Ashok Gehlot is more barbaric than Babur and Aurangzeb.

Two temples and a few shops were demolished on Sunday and Monday, with officials describing the action as part of an anti-encroachment campaign to widen a road in Rajgarh from Alwar. It is a BJP-run municipality in Congress-ruled Rajasthan.

BJP MP for Alwar, Balaknath claimed that the idols of one of the temples were also damaged during the demolition earlier this week. Rajasthan Minister Shanti Dhariwal blamed the BJP and said the state government was looking into the matter.

Rajgarh SDM Keshav Meena said the General Manager of Nagar Palika issued notices to 86 people on April 6 to remove encroachments on the road and they had time. The demolition action of more than 100 structures was taken on April 17 and 18, he added.

As the anti-encroachment campaign sparked the row, Rajasthan BJP Chairman Satish Poonia accused Congress of being behind the scrapping, while state Congress leader Govind Singh Dotasra , claimed that it was the decision of the city municipality led by the saffron party.

Kirodi Mal Meena, a BJP member in Rajya Sabha, reached Rajgarh on Friday and sat on a dharna outside a police station, protesting the demolition of the temple which the BJP claimed was 300 years old. But the BJP said Congress will have to deal with its consequences.

Poonia said in Udaipur that videos circulating on social media showed a bulldozer demolishing the 300-year-old Shiva temple.

“It is in the public domain that all these actions were taken at the request of the state government,” he claimed without giving further details.

The party has also formed an “investigation committee” headed by Sikar MP Swami Sumedhanand, he added.

“They will report back to me in three days,” he said. The committee has five members, including Sumedhanand.

Deputy Opposition Leader Rajendra Rathore has accused Rajgarh Congress MP Johari Lal Meena of involvement in the case.

Claiming that the idols had been damaged, MP Alwar Balaknath accused the Congress government of Rajasthan of hurting people’s feelings and working to appease a particular community.

“We demand that the FIR be registered against the officials who did this (demolition campaign). Those who have legal documents but their houses were destroyed should be given compensation and a place,” said BJP MP Swami Sumedhanand Saraswati.

“The CM and the district administration should apologize and the temples should be rebuilt and the idols reinstalled with the utmost respect. All our deputies will give a memorandum to the governor to take action against the officials concerned,” he added.

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