The Ashok Gehlot government carried out the demolition of the 300-year-old Shiva temple in Rajasthan’s Alwar with the intention to appease its vote bank, said the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP).
The VHP accused the Rajasthan government of taking multiple anti-Hindu decisions in recent times, like imposing Section 144 on Diwali, prohibiting rallies on Ramnavami, Hanuman Jayanti & Mahavir Jayanti, imposing Section 144 for The Kashmir Files, etc.
The Rajasthan government had allowed the Islamist organisation the Popular Front of India (PFI) to take out a rally in Kota.
A bike rally organised to celebrate Nav Samvastar, the first day of the new year under the Hindu calendar, in Rajasthan’s Karauli on April 2 was disrupted as it came under heavy attack by a Muslim mob.
The Muslim mob not only pelted stones on the rally but also set multiple bikes and shops on fire. About 50 people, including four policemen, were injured who were admitted to various hospitals in the city. The procession was taken out only after the due permission from the administration, and the route was also cleared by the administration.
The VHP accused that the Karauli mastermind Matloob Ahmad was given free passage by the administration on the orders of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
A massive controversy had broken out in the state when the prime accused in the Chhabra riots, Asif Ansari, attended the Iftar party organised at the chief minister’s residence on April 23. The photo of Ansari in the CM’s residence went viral.
In the Alwar case, the VHP said that the minutes of the municipality meeting and other documents establish that no decision about demolishing the temple was taken.
The BJP rules the Altar Municipality, and Congress had accused that the municipality had sanctioned the demolition of the temple.
“The SDM who carried out the demolition is answerable to the Rajasthan government and not the municipality,” the VHP said.
Subhadra Papdiwala, regional vice-president of the VHP, said, “There is a competition amongst the leaders of the Congress to look more anti-Hindu.”