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AAP MLAs force triple adjournment of House over Ravidas temple demolition

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Delhi Assembly was adjourned thrice on Thursday amid uproar by the AAP MLAs over the recent demolition of a Ravidas temple in Tughlakabad area of the capital.

The trouble in the House began soon after it met at 2 pm and finished making obituary references to departed leaders, including former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Soon after the passage of obituary references, AAP legislators began raising slogans in protest against the recent demolition of a Ravidas temple in Tughlakabad area a few days back.

The temple had been demolished on August 10 by the Delhi Development Authority on a Supreme Court order, triggering a state-wide protest by Ravidas community members in Punjab with the national capital too witnessing demonstrations and marches on Wednesday.

The slogan-shouting brigade of AAP MLAs also trooped into the Well of the House carrying posters and banners, forcing Speaker Ram Niwas Goel to adjourn the House for half an hour.

The uproar by AAP legislators continued when the session resumed, forcing a second adjournment of the House, this time around for 15 minutes.

When the House met the third time, Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta, seeking to speak on the demolition of the temple, objected to the AAP legislators' continued agitation hindering the smooth functioning of the House and used a Hindi word to describe the uproar.

The use of the particular word further infuriated AAP MLAs, who created further ruckus, insisting upon an apology from the leader of opposition.

Though the speaker expunged the word, the house had to be adjourned again in at 5.15 pm for 15 minutes.

Dalit protesters on Wednesday had taken to the streets in Delhi to protest the demolition of the temple and had brought the traffic movement in several parts of the city to a standstill. The protesters asked the Central government to rebuild the temple.

The protest had turned violent on Wednesday night, leaving several people, including policemen, injured.

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First Published: Thu, August 22 2019. 20:35 IST