Mumbai BJP Chief Mangal Prabhat Lodha has reiterated his demand to convert Jinnah House, the city-based erstwhile residence of Pakistan founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah into a centre for art and culture. The Mumbai BJP chief met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi on Tuesday and handed over a letter to him demanding the conversion of the Jinnah house into Cultural Centre.
Lodha, who is also an MLA, later tweeted the letter which he had submitted to the Home Minister. The BJP MLA represents the Malabar Hill constituency in south Mumbai, where the Jinnah House is located, in the Maharashtra assembly.
The BJP leader in his letter to Shah wrote: The Jinnah House was slated to be converted into South Asia Centre for Art and Cultural Centre. A board regarding the same was also put there. I request you to acquire the Jinnah House and convert the memories of the painful partition into the Cultural Centre, he said in the letter. Jinnah had lived in the property for ten years and conspired for the Partition of the country. Now, the property belongs to the Government of India and the house should be converted into a cultural centre, Lodha said.
The Jinnah House is spread over 2.5 acres and is located 2, Bhausaheb Hirey Marg (formerly Mount Pleasant Rd) in Malabar Hill, South Mumbai. It is situated near the current residence of the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. Jinnah lived in the house till the Partition of India in 1947, after which he moved to Karachi in Pakistan. He also had a bungalow in Delhi on the erstwhile Aurangzeb road (now called APJ Kalam road) which has currently been leased to the Dutch consulate.
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