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AAP to construct Rs. 100 crore worth Haj House in Delhi’s Dwarka, residents protest

Thousands of residents of Dwarka, Delhi have been protesting for days against the construction of a Haj House in the locality and have warned govt of Shaheen Bagh-type clashes if built.

Residents from Dwarka and nearby 300 villages have been protesting against the construction of a proposed Haj house in Dwarka’s Sector 22 worth Rs. 94 crore by Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party.

Hundreds of people gathered on an empty ground in Dwarka’s Sector 22 at 10 am Friday to protest against the same and requested the authorities to revoke their decision of building the Haj House which is a wastage of Taxpayer’ money.

According to the details of the construction, the proposed Haj house will be able to accommodate at least 350 pilgrims at one time. An area of around 5,000 sqm has been allotted for the project, show DDA records.

The All Dwarka Residents’ Federation had written to Lt-Governor Anil Baijal, who is also chairperson of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), asking him to cancel land allotment made for the Haj House, saying: “There is a strong apprehension that brotherhood, harmony, and peace in the society, apart from law and order, will be disturbed if the said Haj House is allowed to be constructed in Dwarka and, furthermore, there will be every possibility of riots, migration of Hindus, and repetition of a situation like Shaheen Bagh, Jafrabad and Kashmir.”

“Why should anyone have a problem if a few people come together for a short stay before embarking on a pilgrimage? The land where the house is being built does not belong to any private person not has it been usurped or encroached by anyone. Our country is a land of many religions. People want to live peacefully. Some are out to divide the country into religious lines and we request the government to act against such motivated protests.”

The same AAP had spoken multiple times against the construction of the Ram Mandir and had said that a hospital/school should be built instead of a religious place.

After Friday’s protest, Delhi Police even filed FIRs against the residents for protesting against this Haj House because they were supposedly ‘breaking COVID norms’

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