The BJP on Saturday demanded that a Hanuman temple be built in the Jharkhand Assembly complex and a worship hall for people of other religious sects after Speaker Rabindra Nath Mahato ordered that a hall in the complex be designated as “Namaz Hall”. be allotted.
A notification on 2 September and the Speaker’s order signed by Deputy Secretary of Jharkhand Legislative Assembly Naveen Kumar, which came in the public domain on 4 September, stated, “Room no. Allotment of TW 348. Bhawan.” As soon as the notification came out, the ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and Congress welcomed it and the main opposition BJP strongly opposed it.
The saffron party demanded that the speaker should immediately build a grand Hanuman temple in the assembly premises where devotees can recite Hanuman Chalisa. It also demanded that immediate arrangements should be made to make worship halls for people of other religions.
“This is an unconstitutional step and if the Speaker of the Assembly has to take it then he should build a grand Hanuman temple in the Assembly premises for Hindus. Puja halls should be earmarked for people of other religions. The temple of democracy should remain as it is, to protect the constitutional values.” BJP leader Raghuvar Das said.
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