In a strange demand, legislators from Rajasthan have demanded a purification of the Assembly to get rid of ‘ghosts’. The demand comes after a Rajasthan MLA passed away on Wednesday. Reportedly, another MLA had recently passed away due to swine flu while two other leaders are undergoing treatment for the same. The development was confirmed by government chief whip Kalu Lal Gurjar who said that other MLAs have called for puja path to get rid of the “dosh” (curse). “If there is a puja path, a thorough purification, then may be, if there is ‘that’ kind of dosh, it can be done away with,” he told The Indian Express.
While speaking to the media outside the assembly, he said that there is a belief that the building was built on a land which was a cremation ground earlier and there may be spirits roaming around. Another BJP MLA Habibur Rahman said that he had suggested to chief minister Vasundhara Raje that rituals should be conducted in the Rajasthan assembly to get rid of the bad spirits.
The demands fuelled after Nathdwara MLA Kalyan Singh Chauhan died on Wednesday while he was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Udaipur. Another MLA, Kirti Kumari from the Mandalgarh constituency had passed away last year in August due to swine flu.
Both these leaders were part of the Bharatiya Janata party which also happens to be the ruling party. The Rajasthan Legislative Assembly which is spread across 16.96 acres in Jyoti Nagar is one of the modern legislature buildings in the country. It is located right next to the Lal Kothi cremation ground.
However, the opposition leaders are of a completely different view. Congress MLA Dheeraj Gurjar slammed Kalu Lal and others “for spreading superstition”. He raised the issue in the house and said that the assembly is a temple of democracy, and not inauspicious.