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Would fight with sweat and blood for reconstruction of Guru Ravidas Temple: Santokh Chaudhary

Punjab Tribune Bureau | August 13, 2019 07:20 PM

Attack not just on the Guru Ravidas temple, but rather on His devotees directly

Punjab Government ready to provide legal and financial support to rebuild the temple

Meeting the representatives of the community, Ministers and officials to resolve the issue at the earliest

 

JALANDHAR: "The decision to demolish the Guru Ravidas Gurdwara in Tughlakabad area of Delhi is an unfortunate one and we are taking every step to restore and rebuild the temple," Member of Parliament Santokh Singh Chaudhary said while addressing the followers of Guru Ravidas Ji at Ravidas Chowk in Jalandhar today.

Elaborating on the incident, MP Chaudhary stated that the Delhi Development Authority had challenged the title of the land and tried to snatch the holy place from Ravidas community. Adding, he said the local politicians also had opposed the existence of the Guru Ravidas Gurdwara, leading to this terrible outcome in the lower court, High Court and Supreme Court. “We were discussing the matter with the management committee of the Gurdwara on how to put our stand in the best way before the Supreme Court, but DDA went ahead and demolished the shrine. They removed the idol of Guru Ravidas and the holy book from the temple. To me, it is not an attack just on the Guru Ravidas temple, but rather on His devotees directly.”

Further, MP Santokh Chaudhary said that Government of Punjab stands by the devotees of Guru Ravidas Ji and has asked the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister of Urban Development Hardeep Singh Puri to take appropriate steps to restore and rebuild the temple. He also said that the Congress Government was ready to provide legal support for a review petition against the Supreme Court’s verdict and financial support to acquire the piece of land in question and build a beautiful Gurdwara. He informed that the Punjab Government had constituted a five-member panel consisting of Ministers Charanjit Singh Channi and Aruna Chaudhary, MLAs Sushil Rinku and Raj Kumar Chabbewal, and himself to meet the representatives of Ravidas community to resolve the issue. The panels have already met leaders of Sadhu Samaj Sampardaye, Dera Sachkhand Ballan and others.

Vowing that he was ready to fight with both his sweat and blood, MP Chaudhary said, “Guru Ravidas brought the light of wisdom in this world. His philosophy underlies the Constitution of India drafted by Dr BR Ambedkar and anyone who challenges the Guru’s philosophy and the Constitution would be given an appropriate response.” He called upon everyone to rise above politics and partisanship and follow the ideology of the Guru.

MP Chaudhary pointed out that in the last five years, Modi Government had taken various anti-Dalit steps ignoring the social and economic realities of the community. BJP Government first attempted to dilute the Scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and recently, it brought out a proposal to change the funding pattern of Post Matric Scholarship Scheme for Scheduled Castes students putting an additional financial burden on already debt-ridden states.

Chaudhary reiterated that the Punjab Government stands by the community and would defeat the clever legal moves made by the Delhi Development Authority. He said that a meeting would be arranged between Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh and the representatives of Ravidas community such as Sadhu Samaj in Jalandhar on 14 August 2019 to discuss the issue. He also appealed to the followers gathered there, especially youth, to remain peaceful and assured that he would meet everyone including the Ministers and DDA officials to resolve the issue at the earliest.

Prominent among the present were MLA Jalandhar Central Rajinder Beri, MLA Jalandhar West Sushil Rinku, MLA Jalandhar Cantt Pargat Singh, Mayor Jagdish Raja, Senior Deputy Mayor Surinder Kaur, Councillors Bunty Neelkanth and Jasleen Sethi, Bhupinder Singh Jolly and others.

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