The Alwar district administration promised today to reconstruct all the three temples that the civic authority had demolished in its anti-encroachment drive in Rajgarh. The nagar panchayat board run by the BJP had ordered the demolition of the three temples and some shops early this week on 17 and 18 April in District Alwar, Rajasthan, the blame for which the national party’s IT cell head Amit Malviya had pinned on the Ashok Gehlot government of the INC until Rajasthan minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas said the BJP’s claim was a lie.
The Rajasthan minister alleged that the chairman of Rajgarh Urban Bodies Board, who is a BJP member, proposed to demolish the temples and houses. Khachariyawas claimed that the temple was demolished at the chairman’s behest while a Rajasthan Congress MLA had opposed the decision of demolition. He also promised that the temple would be rebuilt if there are no legal impediments.
Today, Additional District Magistrate of Alwar Sunita Pankaj said, “There were three temples. Two were private, and one was built on a drain. The administration removed idols after a unanimous consensus with the people. The municipality will rebuild the temples on non-controversial land on the basis of a proper agreement with the people.”
The BJP and the ruling INC have thrown barbs at each other over the demolition of these temples. While Rajasthan BJP president Satish Poonia accused the Gehlot government of a conspiracy to demolish Hindu sites, Rajasthan Congress chief Govind Singh Dotasra asserted that it was the decision of the city’s municipality headed by the BJP.
Rajasthan Congress leader Bhanwar Jitendra Singh said, “We have lodged an FIR against BJP leader and Nagarpalika Board Chairman and other people who were responsible for the demolition of temples.”