Govt. to take over spot in Birla House

The Government of India “will take over” the grounds of the Birla House, where Gandhiji met his martyrdom, improve it and maintain it with due care, dignity and solemnity, Mr. Jagannath Rao, Minister of Works and Housing announced in the Lok Sabha to-day [December 17, New Delhi]. Mr. Rao did not concede there was need to take over the entire Birla House and convert it into a monument, a “Temple of Peace” as desired by Mr. A. Sreedharan (Kerala S.S.P.). The Government’s decision was announced by Mr. Rao while replying to a calling attention notice tabled by Mr. Sreedharan and others to-day, the third day of the fast undertaken by the Congress member, Mr. Shashi Bhushan, to press the Government to acquire the Birla House and convert it into a national monument. Mr. Sreedharan and later, Mr. S. M. Bannerjee, urged the Prime Minister to reply to the calling attention notice.

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