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Tuesday August 09, 2011 06:11:36 PM, Agencies

Mumbai: Local corporators belonging to the ruling Shiv Sena-BJP combine along with other right-wing Hindu organisations are opposing an in-situ rehabilitation of a mosque and madrasa near the under-construction rail over-bridge over the Milan Subway.


“We have been told that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) have given a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) to construct the new mosque and madrasa between pillars no 11 and 12,” said Chandrakant Pawar, corporator from Vile Parle (East).


“The municipal commissioner has misused his discretionary powers for the in-situ rehabilitation”, he alleged.


“Since there is no action by the civic chief on our protest letters sent in February and March, we are forced to start an agitation,” said Pawar in a meeting organised by Hindu Janjagaran Samiti, Hindu Rashtra Sena, BJP and Sena couple of days before.


Senior BJP leader Parag Alavani also criticised the in-situ rehabilitation decision.


“We are not against any particular mosque or madrasa. If the shops and residences have been shifted elsewhere, what was the need to give in-situ rehabilitation to the mosque? The Supreme Court has issued clear guidelines not to protect any religious shrines if they come in the alignment of any public project,” said Alavani.


The local MLA, Krishna Hegde, hwoever, rubbished Pawar’s claims.

“The mosque and madrasa is in existence since the 1970s and it was registered in 1983. But some local politicians are trying to mislead the people to disrupt communal harmony”, he said.


“Member of Parliament Priya Dutt and I have taken a lot of effort for the rehabilitation of the project-affected people of Milan rail over-bridge. Now the opposition parties are making an issue out of it,” he added.




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