Screengrab of the Jinnah House, where the three figureheads of India's freedom struggle -- Mahatma Gandhi, Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Jawaharlal Nehru -- spoke in detail about India's partition. Photograph: (WION)
Mangal Prabhat Lodha, who belongs to PM Modi's BJP, said the building should be replaced with a cultural centre showcasing India's rich past
An Indian lawmaker belonging to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has called for the demolition of Jinnah House in Mumbai.
Dubbing Jinnah House as a "symbol of partition", Mangal Prabhat Lodha said: "The Jinnah residence in South Mumbai was the place from where the conspiracy of partition was hatched."
Mangal Prabhat Lodha who is a Member of Legislative Assembly(MLA) from Malabar Hill in south Mumbai said, the place should be converted into a cultural centre showcasing India's rich heritage, The Times of India reported.
Lodha also said it was costly for the local government agencies to maintain the building situated in Mumbai's plush Malabar Hills.
The statement comes days after the Indian Parliament amended the Enemy Properties Bill. Now, people who migrated to Pakistan and China cannot claim their properties they had left back in India.
The Jinnah House, built in 1936, was the place where the three figureheads of India's freedom struggle -- Mahatma Gandhi, Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Jawaharlal Nehru -- spoke in detail about India's partition, a watershed moment in the Indian subcontinent.
Pakistan for close to four decades has urged India to sell the property or lease it to them, but New Delhi has repeatedly said that they have no intention of handing to their neighbours.
Indian lawmaker mangal Prabhat Lodha has demanded that Jinnah house, the residence of Pakistan's founder, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, in Mumbai should be demolished for a cultural centre. Here's more to this story (WION)