Bengaluru Idgah Maidan row: Hindu organizations call for bandh on July 12

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Several Hindu organizations announced a massive rally and appeal on July 12 in support of their demand to allow Hindu festivals in the Idgah Maidan.

Hindu organizations have already held a meeting in this regard at Jangama Mutt in Bengaluru. Activists are demanding that the Idgah Maidan be designated as a playground for all.

A total of 25 Hindu organizations as well as local groups have joined forces to wage a legal battle and challenge the Wakf Board’s claims on the Idgah Maidan.

The organizations are carrying out a door-to-door campaign in Chamarajpet to raise awareness about the need to keep the Idgah Maidan as a playground.

They also criticized the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) for its dual stance on ownership. Initially, the BBMP claimed that Idgah Maidan was their property, which was later denied. Hindu organizations have criticized the BBMP and urged the ruling BJP government to step in and address the issue.

Activists also said that under the Supreme Court order, Muslims should be allowed to pray twice a year and the rest of the time the ground should be used as a playground.

The Chamarajpet Citizens Federation has confirmed that the bandh will be observed in the locality of Chamarajpet, and Hindu activists and local organizations are organizing a huge cycle rally on July 12 from Sirsi Circle to Idgah Maidan.

The locality of Chamarajpet is home to a significant number of Muslims and is considered one of the sensitive areas of Bangalore. Congressman Zameer Ahmad Khan represents the constituency. Hindu activists warned him that he was not an MP of only one religion and asked him not to provoke the Hindus. They also maintained that he will face consequences if he continues the backdoor game regarding Idgah Maidan.

As the BBMP elections approach and the state enters an election year, authorities are concerned about developments.

–IANS

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