Chhattisgarh Congress MLA wants land for Christian cemetery in Lord Ram's maternal home

Villagers are completely against the decision to allot land for a Christian burial ground.

Congress MLA UD Minj
Congress MLA UD Minj has sought land for a Christian burial ground, triggering a massive controversy

Amid several ongoing land disputes across the country, Chhattisgarh is the latest to jump onto the bandwagon. Jashpur MLA UD Minj has demanded five acres of land in Chandkhuri for the construction of a cemetery for the Christian community.

This has triggered a political controversy with the BJP and the Hindu outfits, such as Bajrang Dal, protesting against it. They are of the view that the decision is odd, ill-conceived and doesn't make any sense.

Minj had written to the state government requesting five acres of land for a burial ground for the Christian community in a Hindu-majority city with no Christian population. The land is within a 4-km radius of the premises of the famous Mata Kaushalya Mandir, which is also witnessing an overhaul in the state government's ambitious Ram Van Gaman Path Circuit development.

Chandkhuri is known as the mythological city of Chhattisgarh where, according to ancient legends, Lord Ram spent his childhood. Chandkhuri has been time and again mentioned in Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath's speeches as an important religious destination after Ayodhya for all the Ram devorees. It is his maternal home. Religious importance is prominent among the Hindus living there.

Speaking of the villagers, thousands are completely against the decision since it is demeaning to Hindu beliefs and nothing should come up within the 50 km radius of the mandir. The local governing body member also pointed out that the village in which land is supposed to be alloted is in dearth of free land even for essential amenities, such as schools and hospitals. They unanimously want the land to be better used.

The BJP and the Bajrang Dal members are constantly protesting against the decision. Former Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said, "It's surprising as to how fast the legal proceedings are moving and the fact that an order was passed by the chief minister's office to expedite the process is beyond my understanding. Congress is doing this to appease the Christian community for vote bank."

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