Controversy over the demolition of the 100-year-old Hanuman temple in Chandni Chowk

New Delhi: A huge controversy has erupted after the demolition of Hanuman’s 100-year-old temple in Delhi’s Chandni Chowk on a court order. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad staged a protest at Chandni Chowk in Delhi on Tuesday. More than 100 people have gathered in the area with the saffron flag near the Red Fort. A senior Delhi Police official said the MCD carried out the demolition drive on Sunday as per court orders.

The ruling Aam Aadmi Party and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party have come face to face in this dispute. Both are accusing each other of breaking the temple. At the same time, Congress has also jumped into the matter. Both the AAP and the BJP, which have been targeting each other over the Hanuman temple, have taken a dig at the Congress. State President Anil Chaudhary said that both the parties are blaming each other but the truth is that the North Delhi Municipal Corporation has removed the temple only with the consent of the Delhi government.

Accusing the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of the temple demolition, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) accused the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) of demolishing the temple. The BJP hit back at the Aam Aadmi Party, saying that the 100-year-old temple was part of the ongoing beautification scheme of the Delhi government.

While the Aam Aadmi Party held a press conference today, it accused the BJP-ruled MCD that they had submitted an affidavit in the court that the temple is on the encroached ground, it should be broken. It is also alleged that the MCD broke this temple on Sunday morning when it was raining so that no one could come to stop. The party says that the BJP broke this temple and is now lying to avoid public anger.

On the other hand, BJP says that the Chandni check reconstruction project belongs to the Delhi government, in such a situation, it wanted to remove this temple from here. Delhi BJP President Adesh Gupta has also demanded that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal should change the design of the beautification scheme of Chandni Chowk and make arrangements to restore the Hanuman temple. BJP will also ask Lt. Governor Anil Baijal to intervene in this matter.

At the same time, members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, who came to protest at Chandni Chowk today, say that no matter who has broken the temple, we need the temple again. We will continue to perform here until our demand is met.

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