BJP MLA Mangal Prabhat Lodha today demanded that Jinnah House, the residence of Pakistan’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah in south Mumbai, be demolished and a cultural centre be built in its place. Speaking in the Legislative Assembly on the budgetary demands of the Public Works Department (PWD), the MLA said, “The Jinnah residence in south Mumbai was the place from where the conspiracy of partition was hatched.”
Lodha is the promoter of a large real estate developer in Mumbai. He said that the conspiracy of partition was hatched from the Jinnah house and was thus a symbol of the partition. Claiming that the structure must be demolished, Lodha said that lakhs are wasted on the maintenance of the ‘European-style seafront bungalow’.
“Jinnah House is a symbol of the partition. The structure should be demolished,” he said. Lodha said after the Parliament passed the Enemy Property Act, Jinnah House was the property of the Indian government. “Demolishing the property is the only option,” he said. “The PWD is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the building and lakhs of rupees is spend over this,” Lodha added.
“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 said. The grand house built by Jinnah is located in Malabar Hill area in south Mumbai.