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Rajasthan MLAs want ‘havan’ in secretariat to ward off evil spirits

SNS | New Delhi |

A day after Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son Tej Pratap claimed that ghosts were the reason why he vacated his official bungalow in Patna, MLAs in Rajasthan are now demanding a ‘havan’ in the secretariat building to ward off “evil spirits”.

According to reports, lawmakers in the Rajasthan assembly are worried that ghosts are haunting the building ever since the death of two lawmakers within the past six months.

Habibur Rehman, who is the BJP MLA from Nagaur, claimed that he has requested Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje to conduct the ‘havan’ and other religious ceremonies to prevent “negative energies and evil souls” from causing trouble and help purify the surroundings.

Sharing Rehman’s view is Kalulal Gurjar, the chief whip, who, too, claims to have asked the CM to perform a ‘yagna’.

According to the lawmakers who have requested for a ‘yagna’ the land on which the Secretariat building stands was once a burial ground. Built in 2001, the building also accommodates a crematorium, Lal Kothi, in its vicinity.

According to reports, the deaths of Nathdwara MLA Kalyan Singh, who passed away on Wednesday, and Kirti Kumari from Mandalgarh, who passed away last year, have added to their “fears”.

But other MLAs do not hold the same fears.

“I have never felt the presence of an evil spirit in the assembly. Such things will only spread superstition among people,” Zee News quoted Congress leader Dheeraj Gurjar as saying.

Even BJP MLA B Singh rejected the “ghost” theory as baseless.

(With inputs from IANS)