Death of leader of opposition in the Madhya Pradesh assembly Satyadev Katare has prompted some MLAs cutting across party lines to raise the issue of the assembly building’s “vastu dosh” (vastu flaws).
In fact, MLAs have been blaming “evil effects” of the building after death of any sitting legislators. Six MLAs have died during the present term of the state assembly.
Katare had been suffering from cancer for the past two years and he breathed his last in a Mumbai hospital on Thursday.
Prior to Katare’s death, BJP MLA from Nepanagar constituency Rajendra Dadu died in a road accident in Sehore in June. Other MLAs who died during the present term are Tukujirao Puar, Prabhat Pande, Rajesh Yadav and Sajjan Singh Uike.
BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayavargiya, who happens to be a sitting MLA from Mhow, wrote on his Twitter handle, “Sad demise of MLAs continues after state assembly was shifted to the new building. Is this coincidence, ‘Vastu dosh’ or something else?”
Vijayavargiya, who first became MLA in 1993, has been raising the issue for a long time. Vijayavargiya’s tweet was followed by Congress MLA Nishank Kumar and BJP MLA Vel Singh Bhuria’s demand that this “vastu” issue needs to be addressed.
The state assembly was shifted to this magnificent building designed by renowned architect Charles Correa in 1996 during the 10th assembly when Digvijaya Singh was the chief minister. Then speaker Srinivas Tiwari took the matter seriously and even performed a “hawan” in the assembly building.
Former state assembly principal secretary Bhagwandeo Israni said ex-speaker Ishwardas Rohani, who died ahead of the 2013 assembly elections, didn’t pay any attention to such demands.
Israni said talks of “vastu dosh” were nothing but rubbish. “There were deaths during every term of the assembly. As far as number of deaths was concerned during the 5th state assembly when the assembly ran in the old building as many as 14 MLAs had died. This happens to be the highest number of MLAs death during any state assembly’s term. Was the old Vidhan Sabha building was affected by ‘vastu dosh’, too.”
Speaker to look into the issue
Speaker Sitasharan Sharma said he didn’t believe in all this. As some MLAs raised this issue, Sharma said he would meet legislators to know how to resolve the issue.
What Vastu expert says
Bhopal-based Vastu expert Ajay Rai, who runs Astroengineers vastu consultancy, said definitely vastu of the state assembly building was not right. “There are three main problems with the Vidhan Sabha building. First it is south facing. The government made its main entry from the backside — the north side, but that didn’t solve the overall problem. Second, the southeast and southwest part of assembly premises are not elevated, they are sloping sideways. These directions which represent Yam, the lord of death, should be elevated. Such a defect leads to untimely deaths of the MLAs. Third, its north side should have been light, but it is heavy, which also leads to Vastu dosh.”
What architect says
KK Dhote, who teaches architecture at MANIT, rubbishes claims that the assembly built by one of the greatest architects of India, Charles Correa, had any vastu defects. “Correa had great understanding of architectural traditions of India. There is no scientific basis that if water tank is in a particular direction it will harm you. Vastu is an ancient science, but it is being interpreted in the wrong way, especially by so called Vastu experts, who have made practicing it their livelihood.”