MLAs Fear Rajasthan Secretariat Haunted, Request ‘Havan’
The land on which the Secretariat stands once accommodated a burial ground and crematorium.
The death of two Rajasthan lawmakers has made the state's MLAs quiver with fear, as they believe the Secretariat building in Jaipur has "negative energies and evil souls." The lawmakers are now demanding a 'havan' and other religious ceremonies be held to get rid of the supernatural.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Habibur Rehman from Nagaur told the media that he had suggested to Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje to conduct a havan in the building, which would help “purify the surroundings.”
The land on which the Secretariat stands had once accommodated a burial ground and crematorium, and evil souls are dominating here, he added.
Kalulal Gurjar, the chief whip, confirmed the MLAs’ fears to IANS, escalated by the untimely deaths of two BJP MLAs.
However, speaking to ANI, Congress leader Dheeraj Gurjar said that doing so would only serve to increase superstitious beliefs among the members.
I have never felt the presence of an evil spirit in the Assembly. Maybe the people who are saying this are weak-hearted. Such things will only spread superstition among people.Dheeraj Gurjar, Congress leader, to ANI
BJP MLA B Singh echoed Gurjar’s sentiments, stating that the claims of ghosts existing in the Assembly are “baseless.”
It’s the belief of some senior MLAs that the Rajasthan Assembly was built on cremation ground, so all 200 MLAs are never present here at one time. The view that there is a presence of ghosts is baseless. Doing a ‘yagya’ to mend this is not needed.B Singh, MLA, to ANI
Nathdwara MLA Kalyan Singh passed away on 21 February, while Kirti Kumari from Mandalgarh passed away last year after battling swine flu.
The Secretariat building was constructed in 2001 and accommodates a crematorium in its vicinity.
Kalulal Gurjar said that he too has requested the Chief Minister for performing 'yagya' and religious ceremony in the building to ensure that it gets rid of evil spirits, and when it will be performed depends on the Chief Minister and the Assembly Speaker.
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