AAP opposes the BJP-led Centre govt.’s move
New Delhi, April 23 (Delhi Crown): The Centre Government has issued an “urgent notice” to the trustees of the ‘Neelkanth Mahadev Mandir’ located in South Delhi’s Sriniwaspuri area, to vacate the structure within seven days, and that it shall be demolished.
The Centre Government’s notice, issued by Engineer Officer Suresh Kumar of the Union Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, cited a Delhi High Court order declaring it as an “unauthorised construction”.
The Union Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs is headed by Hardeep Singh Puri who belongs to the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).
Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s Delhi unit has opposed the move, and planned to carry out a protest against the Centre Government’s notice of demolition of the temple.
AAP MLA Atishi is scheduled to hold a protest on Saturday against the Centre’s move to demolish the temple.
The Centre’s notice stated that there is no dispute at the portion where idols are installed, and that the rest of the unauthorised construction shall be demolished.
The temple is located in I-Block market of Sriniwaspuri.
“Being the land-owning agency of the Government of India, it is hereby informed to vacate the entire premises of unauthorised construction in the name of religious structure within 7 days from the date of issue of this notice, failing which the same will be got evicted forcefully and demolished with the help of the local police,” said the notice.
It added – “The notice may be treated as most urgent.”