Guru Ravidas Temple issue – Sant Samaj expresses satisfaction at SAD efforts to rebuild temple

Chandigarh, September 12, 2019 (Yes Punjab News)

The Guru Ravidas Sant Samaj today expressed satisfaction at sincere efforts being made by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) to rebuild the Guru Ravidas Temple, Tughlaqabad at the same spot it was demolished with the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) set to make a plea in this regard before the Supreme Court.

The Sant Samaj leaders, who met SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal and union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal at their residence in Delhi today, said the entire Samaj was now hopeful that the issue would be resolved to the satisfaction of the community.

Samaj leaders Sant Kulwant Ram, President, Sadhu Samprada Society and Sant Mandeep Dass of Dera Sachkhand, Ballan (Jalandhar) said the next date of hearing in the case, which had been fixed for tomorrow, had been shifted to September 30 because of change in roster due to holidays.

They said they were hopeful that the DDA would now file a revision petition in the Supreme Court on September 30 urging that Guru Ravidas temple be reconstructed at the same spot in Tughlaqabad.

Interacting with the Sant Samaj leaders, including Sant Tehal Nath and Sant Balraj Rai, SAD President Sukhbir Badal said the SAD would continue to make efforts to resolve the issue to the satisfaction of the Ravidas community.

“If need be we will take up the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji also”, he said adding “this is our solemn duty as Guru Ravidas ji is revered amongst the entire Sikh community as his verses are enshrined in the holy Sri Guru Granth Sahib Maharaj”.

Explaining the efforts made by the SAD on the issue, senior SAD leader Pawan Kumar Tinu said the SAD President had first met the Delhi Lt Governor followed up with a meeting with Union Home minister Amit Shah alongwith Mrs Harsimrat Badal. He said following this the Home minister had constituted a team led by mp Bhupinder Yadav to resolve the issue and Mr Yadav held two meetings with the Sant Samaj and SAD-BJP representatives.

“We have been assured that the DDA has formed a proposal to file a review petition in the apex court urging the temple be reconstructed at the same spot. We are hopeful that the petition will now be filed on September 30”, he said adding the entire Ravidas community was now hopeful that the issue would be resolved amicably soon.

Others present at the meeting included former minister Sohan Singh Thandal and legislators Dr Sukhwinder Sukhi and Baldev Khaira.

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