SAD Wednesday formed a seven-member committee to hold discussions with the Union government to facilitate restoration of the Guru Ravidas temple at Tughlaqabad to the satisfaction of the Ravidasia community.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal Tuesday said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah has assured the party that the Centre would sympathetically consider its appeal to reconstruct the Guru Ravidas temple at its original location in Tughlakhabad.
Standing in front of the Indian Women’s Press Corps, Kamal Singh Walia, general secretary of Bhim Army, said, “If they are not released in 10 days, we will start a Bharat bandh andolan. The government wants to drown this movement.”
“If the government imposes Section 144, the BSP leaders would never defy it to enter any site of protest forcefully. It will not give the government any chance to undertake any revengeful action,” she tweeted.
Thousands of protesters had gathered at Ramlila Maidan Wednesday afternoon to protest against the Supreme Court-mandated demolition on August 10. The temple, DDA officials who carried out the demolition said, was built on forest land.