The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) backed Mandir Bachao Sangharsh Samiti, Jaipur, set a deadline for the government to meet its demands else the protest against the demolition of temples would be intensified at the state level. The deadline was set after a two hour ‘chakka jam’ on Thursday which largely remained peaceful.
While most people had scheduled their travel timings to accommodate for the lack of transport, those who did not know about the protest faced a harrowing time as the protestors prevented all vehicles, except emergency and government vehicles, to ply on the roads.
The jam was organised by the samiti to protest against the demolition of more than 80 temples in the last one year for the construction of a metro line and are demanding the government to shift back and restore all the temples to their original form.
The jam was observed at more than 80 locations across the city between 9am and 11am.
The samiti studied the impact of the jam at Vishwa Samwad Kendra, head office of Vishwa Hindu Parishad in Jaipur.
“The jam has been successful with cooperation of various organisations and the city people. We thank them all and apologise to those who faced harassment,” said samiti convener Badri Narayan Choudhary. He said the government has been given a seven-day deadline to take a call on the eight- point demand.
“We will plan further strategy after seven days,” he added.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders kept their distance from the protest. Just three MLAs, Ghanshyam Tiwari, Narpat Singh Rajvi and Surendra Pareek, and former BJP spokesperson Kailash Nath Bhatt were seen in the protest.
The district administration and the police department had deployed mobile magistrates and extra forces to maintain law and order. The police, however, refrained from using force and remained mute spectators when commuters complained about the jam.
Holding the state government responsible for the demolition of temples, BJP national general secretary Arun Singh said in Ajmer that it was a mistake to raze temples to make way for the metro route in Jaipur.
Pradesh Congress Committee president Sachin Pilot called the jam a failure in the absence of public support.