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Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal condemned demolition and vandalism of the historic Shri Guru Ravidass Temple by Delhi Development Authority at Tughlakabad Delhi and said that Shiromani Akali Dal is ready to help restore the legal case as well as re-build the historic Temple at party’s expenses. Citing that the Baani of Shri Guru Ravi Dass ji is inextricable part of Guru Granth Sahib, he said that Shiromani Akali Dal will not tolerate Beadbi to religious Gurus and will take up the matter with the Government of India.
It is a matter of faith of millions of followers of Guru Ravidass in and outside Punjab, he said. Shiromani Akali at this hour firmly stands with the followers of Guru Ravidass and SAD President vowed to resolve the issue at the earliest by taking up the matter with Home Minister Amit Shah.
Badal expressed anguish and astonishment to know that the historic temple for
which land was donated by the then ruler Sikandar Lodhi and revenue records reveal that the land belongs to the community, was vandalized, and not only that temple was demolished but the idol of Shri Ravidass ji was forcibly removed in order to acquire the land and the head priest was detained. Badal said that it seems the local committee managing the Temple could not be adequately represented in the Court.
A delegation comprising Pawan Kumar Tinu, MLA, Deputy Leader in Vidhan Sabha, Sukhwinder Kumar Sukhi, MLA, Baldev Singh Khaira, MLA, Satpal Mall, Surjeet Beeta, Dharmpal Lesariwal, Gurnam Singh, Joginder Ram Lodhipur and Vinod Kumar Neeta.