"Delhi govt not involved," says CM Kejriwal after Mayawati held him responsible for Ravidas temple demolition
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“Delhi govt not involved,” says CM Kejriwal after Mayawati held him responsible for Ravidas temple demolition

Hours after BSP supremo Mayawati accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for the demolition of Ravidas temple in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal defended saying his government was not involved in the act.

Mayawati on Wednesday took to the Twitter alleging that the demolition of the Ravidas temple was a result of a collusion between the Centre and Delhi government and reflected a “casteist mentality”. She also demanded that the two governments now come to an understanding and rebuild the temple by sharing the expense.

Responding to her tweets, Delhi CM and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said that he is disheartened to learn that Mayawati considers Delhi government equally responsible for the temple’s demolition. He continued defending by saying that his government was not involved in the act as “Land” cases in Delhi comes under the Central Government.

The centuries-old temple Guru Ravidas temple was demolished on August 9 by the Delhi Development Authority as part of a drive to carry out Supreme Court orders. The demolition has led to a massive controversy and protests by Dalit groups, particularly in Punjab, where demonstrators called for a bandh, blocked roads and took out marches.

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