New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Mangal Lodha on the occasion of Gudi Padwa yet again requested the government to demolish Jinnah House, where Muhammad Ali Jinnah resided prior to partition and open a Maharashtra culture centre in its place. Terming it a symbol of partition, the MLA had earlier said, “The Jinnah residence in south Mumbai was the place from where the conspiracy of partition was hatched.”

“The structure should be demolished and a cultural centre highlighting Maharashtra’s culture and pride should be built. The cultural centre should also exhibit the glorious history of India,” Lodha had said two days ago, while speaking in the Legislative Assembly on the budgetary demands of the Public Works Department (PWD).

The grand house built by Jinnah is located in Malabar Hill area in south Mumbai. The Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2016, which amends the Enemy Property Act, 1968, was passed by voice vote in the Lok Sabha on March 14, incorporating the amendments made by the Rajya Sabha last week.

As per the Act, successors of those who migrated to Pakistan and China during partition will have no claim over the properties left behind in India.  “Jinnah divided India and his heir cannot claim any right to it. Instead, there should be a cultural centre showcasing Maharashtra’s glorious past,” Leading daily Deccan Chronicle quoted the MLA as saying.

(With inputs from PTI)