Chandigarh, Aug 27 : Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday announced that Union Home Minister Amit Shah had assured the party that the centre would sympathetically consider its appeal to reconstruct the Guru Ravidas temple at its original location in Tughlakabad and that action on the same would be taken in due course. Mr Badal called on the Union Home Minister on Monday evening along with Union Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and apprised Mr Shah that the demolition of the temple, constructed on a site handed over to the community in the 15th century by the Lodhi dynasty, had hurt the sentiments of the Ravidasia community.
"Community members from across the world are expressing the desire to right this wrong,'' they told the Home Minister. The SAD chief disclosed that the Home Minister had assured SAD that he would look into the matter and that the centre would take action keeping in mind the sentiments of the Ravidassia community. “This includes taking up the case with the Supreme Court also. We are grateful for this assurance and hope this issue will now be resolved soon”. Briefing the Home Minister about the case, Mr Badal said as per historical record the land for the temple was granted to the community by Sultan Sikander Lodhi.
He said it seemed the managing committee of the temple could not represent itself adequately in court due to which it lost the case. “The ‘baani’ of Shri Guru Ravidas is inextricable part of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Maharaj and is also part of the composite culture of Punjab. The venerable saint is highly respected and revered by the Sikh community as well as Punjabis. There is a feeling that the temple is a symbol of cultural heritage which should be revived by rebuilding it at the same spot. It is because of this reason that we have approached you to resolve the issue at the earliest”, both leaders told the Home Minister. Mr Badal said the Home Minister assured them that he would take appropriate steps to resolve the issue. UNI