Won’t attend mosque inauguration, says Adityanath; SP asks him to apologise

Lucknow, August 7

The Samajwadi Party on Friday sought an apology from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over his comment that he wouldn’t attend the inauguration of the mosque to be in-built Ayodhya, changing the demolished Babri Masjid.

After the bhoomi pujan for a Ram temple in Ayodhya, Adityanath had stated on tv that “as a yogi and as a Hindu” he could not go for the inauguration of a mosque.

Reacting to the comment, the opposition SP stated he ought to search an apology from the individuals of the state. When contacted, a UP Congress spokesperson, nonetheless, refused to touch upon the chief minister’s remarks over the mosque.

“If you ask me as a chief minister, I have no problem with any belief, religion or community. If you ask me as a yogi, I will definitely not go because as a Hindu I have the right to express my ‘upasana vidhi’ (way of worship) and act accordingly,” Adityanath had stated.

“I’m neither ‘vaadi or “prativadi’ (petitioner nor respondent). That is why neither will I be invited, nor will I go. I know, I won’t be getting any such invitation,” he stated.

The day they invite me, secularism of many can be at risk. That’s why I would like that their secularism shouldn’t be at risk and I proceed to silently work to make sure that everybody advantages from authorities scheme with none discrimination,” he stated.

He claimed that the Congress by no means wished an answer to the dispute. “They wished the dispute to proceed for his or her political profit.”             

“Attending roza-iftar with a skull cap is not secularism. People also know that this is drama. People know the reality,” the CM stated.

SP spokesperson Pawan Pandey criticised Adityanath over his remarks, charging that he has violated the oath he took whereas assuming cost because the chief minister.

“He is the CM of the entire state, and not only of the Hindu community. Whatever the population of Hindus and Muslims in the state, he is the CM of all. This language of the CM lacks dignity,” he stated.

“He ought to search an apology from the individuals for this,” Pandey stated.

UP Congress media cell convenor Lalan Kumar stated, “We don’t have any comments on his mosque statement.”           

But he credited the then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi for opening the locks on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid.

Referring to the ruling BJP, the Congress spokesperson stated, “They play politics of pretend Hindutva. The Congress has at all times talked about no matter is within the curiosity of individuals.

“Lord Ram is everyone’s, but the BJP wants to show that Ram is theirs alone,” he added.

Yogi Adityanath had attended the groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for a Ram temple in Ayodhya, the place Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the primary visitor.

Last November, the Supreme Court had settled the Ayodhya land dispute, permitting the development of the temple at Ram Janmabhoomi by a belief.

The apex court docket had additionally ordered the allocation of a five-acre plot of land elsewhere in Ayodhya for the development of a mosque, instead of the Babri Masjid which was demolished by ‘kar sevaks’ in 1992.

 A belief has been fashioned by the Sunni Waqf Board for constructing this mosque. PTI

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