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Relieved, VHP welcomes Supreme Court order on Ravidas temple

Relieved, VHP welcomes Supreme Court order on Ravidas temple
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The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has welcomed the Supreme Court's acceptance of the Centre's revised offer of 400 sq m land for reconstruction of Ravidas temple in the Tughlaqabad forest area calling it "a success story".

New Delhi (IANS): The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has welcomed the Supreme Court's acceptance of the Centre's revised offer of 400 sq m land for the reconstruction of Ravidas temple in the Tughlaqabad forest area calling it "a success story".

VHP Working President Alok Kumar said, "The temple of Saint Ravidas will be restored at the same place, the samadhi will be looked after and those arrested will be freed and no legal proceedings will take place against them. Congratulations!"

The Ravidas temple was at the heart of a raging political controversy after it was razed by the Delhi Development Authority on the apex court's orders a few months ago.

After the BJP's Delhi leadership let the matter get out of hand, party chief Amit Shah stepped in for damage control ahead of the crucial Delhi Assembly elections next year. The Centre initially offered to reconstruct Ravidas temple in the Tughlaqabad forest area, but later revised its offer to propose increasing the land alloted for reconstruction of the temple from 200 to 400 sq m.

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