New Delhi: A small temple, built nearly
18 years ago, at the BJP headquarters here was on Saturday
dismantled to make way for a media centre being built in the
The Shiv-Parvati temple, which local party workers and
residents claimed was built soon after the December 6
Babri Masjid demolition in 1992, was dismantled by the workers
and labourers engaged in building a new hall for the media.
Among others, the families which reside in the BJP
Headquarters compound used to pray at the temple. Many of them
expressed their unhappiness.
"I had spent Rs 6,000 in 1991 to buy the Shiv-ling and
other idols. It was a big sum at that time. The temple was
built in a couple of days," a resident said, preferring
Other than a Shiv lingam, idols of Parvati, Ganesh and
Sai Baba were kept in the temple, which was around five feet
high. The temple used to be decorated during festivals and was
frequented by locals.
Some residents claimed that the temple was also
important as the initiative for building it was taken by a
Muslim driver of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Asked about the dismantling of the temple, senior
leaders evaded a reply.
While there were murmurs that the temple will be
relocated, there was no confirmation from the party leaders
The BJP usually raises its voice in protest against
any attempt to harm any temple across the country.