Thursday, August 11, 2022

ASI closes Aurangzeb’s tomb for 5 days, Dargah Committee Bans Visit

The debate over loudspeakers and Hanuman Chalisa in Maharashtra is far from over, as politics surrounding Aurangzeb’s Tomb heats up. Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) spokesperson claimed that Aurangzeb’s tomb would be demolished.

Following this, a local mosque committee attempted to lock the tomb. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has blocked the tomb of Aurangzeb in Aurangabad for five days due to the gravity of the situation.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) spokesperson Gajanan Kale remarked on Tuesday that Aurangzeb’s tomb was unnecessary and that it should be dismantled so that no one visits it.

Milan Kumar Choule, ASI’s Aurangabad regional superintendent, stated, “The mosque committee had attempted to lock the tomb previously, but we had opened it. On Wednesday, though, we decided to turn it off for the following five days. We’ll examine the situation before deciding whether to reopen it or close it for another five days.”

The residents of the Dargah Committee approved this decision after getting the letter from the ASI to close the tomb. It has been closed for the next five days to avoid a deterioration of the mood due to the continuing politics around Aurangzeb’s tomb.

For the next five days, no one will be allowed to visit Aurangzeb’s grave. At the same time, members of the Dargah committee have requested police protection.

Meanwhile, Akbaruddin Owaisi, the head of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM), paid a visit to Aurangzeb’s grave earlier this month and laid flowers there. His action was chastised by Maharashtra’s ruling Shiv Sena as well as the Raj Thackeray-led MNS (MNS).

However, Sharad Pawar, the leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), raised reservations about disturbing Maharashtra’s peaceful governance by visiting Owaisi’s mausoleum.

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