Sharing their fears with Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, some of the state legislators have urged the CM to call priests and clerics to pacify the ‘evil spirit’.
In a glaring sign of the times and India’s regression to primitive belief systems, the lawmakers in Rajasthan suspect that the state Assembly building is haunted.
Blaming evil spirits, the lawmakers said that the state assembly never retains its maximum strength of 200 members for long and there have been frequent instances where one or the other member resigns, goes to jail or has an untimely death.
Sharing their fears with Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, some of the state legislators have urged Raje to call priests and clerics to pacify Content optimization the ‘evil spirit’. To add more to the superstitious drama, a priest was spotted performing rituals near the Rajasthan assembly on Thursday.
“It’s true this assembly building has not had a full strength of 200 members for long. The untimely deaths of MLAs Chouhan and Kumari have worried us and we cannot help but think about the graveyard/cremation ground that was here. I believe that spirits can do bad. We spoke to the CM and she has assured us to do something about it,” said government chief whip Kalu Lal Gurjar.
The fear among the legislators apparently escalated after the demise of the BJP MLA from Nathdwara Kalyan Singh Chouhan on Tuesday night, following which the state leaders demanded for measures to control the supernatural powers.
Among a few recent instances where legislators at the Rajasthan assembly suffered an untimely death or had to resign with criminal charges were the death of BJP MLA from Mandalgarh Kirti Kumari last year and the jailing of BSP MLA B L Kushwaha with murder charges. Even in the last assembly, several Congress MlAs – including Mahipal Maderna, Malkhan Singh Bishnoi and Babu Lal Nagar – were jailed with serious charges like murder and rape.
Built between November 1994 and March 2001, the Rajasthan assembly – which was earlier housed in the old city’s Sawai Man Singh Town Hall that was built around 1884 – spreads over nearly 17 acres and is located close to the SMS Stadium.
“The land over which the new building has been built was earlier used as a graveyard or for cremation and garbage ground where god knows what all used to be dumped. People must have buried bodies of children too here. Evil spirits usually roam around such places,” said BJP MLA from Nagaur Habibur Rahman.”
Stating that he was part of the committee that surveyed the land when the then CM Bhairon Singh Shekhawat sanctioned Rs 5 crore to build the new assembly building, Rahman said, “To address my concerns about it being a graveyard/cremation land, they got some temples built in the vicinity.”
“When madam (Raje) asked us yesterday (Wednesday) why is this happening (untimely deaths of Chouhan and Kumari), I told her about this place’s past. I suggested that ‘yajna’ be performed or a ‘maulana’ be called to purify the place. It is in our culture. If we build at some wrong place, we can be freed through prayers and offerings,” added the five-term MLA.