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New Delhi, Sep 2 (Language) Delhi Minister and senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Saurabh Bhardwaj on Saturday alleged that a “sin” has been committed by installing ‘Shivling’ in the form of a fountain in a public place and the people of Delhi Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena has apologized to the nation for this act.
However, Saxena disputed the charge, saying, “I see it as a work of art.” I cannot comment on other people’s opinions.
Bhardwaj made this claim while talking to the media after inspecting the work being done to beautify roads ahead of the G20 summit next week.
When asked about the Shivling fountain controversy, Bhardwaj said, “A sin has been committed by installing a Shivling in the form of a fountain in a public place.”
“In public fountains, treated sewage is circulated,” Bhardwaj said. We offer holy water to the Shivalinga, the symbol of Lord Shiva. This happens in temples and homes, not in public places… The Lt. Governor should apologize to the country for this.”
Delhi Lieutenant Governor Saxena told PTI on Saturday, “What they call ‘Shivling’ is the imagination of the sculptor.” There is God in every particle of the land. If they see God in it, that’s fine, but I just see it as an artifact. I don’t comment on other people’s opinions.
The Delhi minister also alleged that the BJP was “silent” even after knowing that the Shivalinga fountains were being installed as part of the ongoing beautification work under the supervision of the lieutenant governor.
Bhardwaj asserted, “BJP’s silence on this issue betrays its claim to be an ‘entrepreneur’ of Hinduism.”
There has been no immediate reaction from the BJP on this.
On other preparations for the G20 summit, Bhardwaj said, “Life support teams will be with every convoy of VVIPs.”
Asked about the Aditya L-1 mission, Bhardwaj said, “We salute the foresight of our forefathers and scientists who built institutions like ISRO, IIT and IISc, instilled scientific temper in them which resulted in Chandrayaan-3.” And now solar energy. the mission succeeded.
Bhasha Amit Pawnesh
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