The civic administration’s action against illegal shrines across the city attracted the ire of all parties during the general body meeting of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday. The House was adjourned after all parties came together to oppose the BMC’s action.
BJP corporator Srinivas Tripathi moved an adjournment motion in the house on the civic body’s action on shrines in Powai area. He sought that the House be adjourned in order to oppose the civic administration’s action against temples, which he says does not even pose any traffic issues. He was supported by BJP’s Manoj Kotak and Samajwadi Party’s Raees Shaikh. Later, other parties also supported him.
Kotak said that if the administration does not stop demolishing temples or shrines, his party will hit the road. “The shrines, which do not create traffic issues should not be demolished and if the civic administration continues to do so, his party will protest,” said Kotak.
Samajwadi Party group leader Raees Shaikh said the civic administration has been blatantly demolishing temples in E ward and when corporators intervened, they claimed that they were following High Court’s order.
Congress group’s Ravi Raza said that a separate meeting should be arranged to discuss the issue as it is related to religious beliefs.
Corporators alleged that the civic administration has been targeting shrines of the British period. “How can a shrine of the British period be illegal. All shrines must be categorised before demolition. If demolition of any shrine is necessary, then an alternate place must be provided,” said Shiv Sena corporator Kishori Pednekar.