Regardless of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) stating that the Idgah Maidan at Chamarajpet just isn’t its property, the controversy surrounding its possession has not died down. A residents’ discussion board has now known as for a bandh on July 12 stating that the bottom is for the general public and never a Wakf Board property restricted for Muslims to supply prayers.
Chamarajpet Residents’ Federation, which includes a number of dealer organisations and right-wing Hindu outfits, plans to launch a door-to-door marketing campaign and maintain a large rally from Sirsi Circle to Idgah Maidan, in keeping with sources.
In line with a BJP supply, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) leaders held a closed-door assembly with Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai final week and got here up with a method to deal with the Eidgah row. It’s learnt that the Sangh and the BJP are on the identical web page as they need the problem to be resolved by means of public discourse with out permitting communal disturbance and violence within the metropolis. In the meantime, Some Hindu outfits plan to have fun Independence day on this floor, in keeping with sources.
The bottom discovered itself in the course of an argument after right-wing activists claimed that it’s a public place and stated permissions needs to be granted to carry Hindu festivals on it. Nonetheless, the Wakf Board in Karnataka identified that the bottom was beneath its management.
Nonetheless, BBMP chief commissioner Tushar Girinath advised the media final week: “The BBMP’s identify was talked about beneath the column ‘holders’ within the information within the metropolis survey of 1974. Then the civic company had taken possession of the land however the Khata reveals that BBMP doesn’t have possession of the land and it’s held by the Wakf Board which might apply for the Khatha together with its supporting information and steps can be taken.”
The BBMP chief commissioner’s assertion didn’t go down nicely with the right-wing teams who now blame the civic company for “not being knowledgeable” concerning the place.
The Eidgah Maidan has a historical past of communal pressure because the row over its possession triggered widespread violence in 1983. However Bengaluru has not seen main communal pressure after this incident.