Mumbai: The sprawling mansion in Mumbai built by Pakistan’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah should be demolished and replaced with a cultural centre, said BJP MLA Mangal Prabhat Lodha.
Jinnah House is built on 2.5 acres of land estimated to be worth about $400 million.
Jinnah House, with its imposing columns, Italian marble and walnut panelling, was home for decades to Britain’s Deputy High Commissioner, but mostly fell into disuse after being vacated in 1982.
“Jinnah House is a symbol of the partition. The structure should be demolished,” Mangal said.
The house now remains locked and is in an advanced state of decay. In 2007, Dina Wadia, Jinnah’s daughter who was then 88 and lived in New York, approached the high court in Mumbai in a bid to gain ownership of the property.
Notably, last week, Parliament cleared the updated Enemy Property Act, which states that successors of those who migrated to Pakistan and China during partition have no claim to the properties left behind by their families in India.