Modi showing Muslims their true place with Ram Temple construction – Owaisi
Owaisi also attacked the opposition parties, pointing out that their reason for not attending the inauguration ceremony was not their objection to the demolition of the mosque, but Modi’s attempt to leverage the event for political benefit
KALABURAGI: Asaduddin Owaisi, the president of National President of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul-Muslimeen (All India Council for Unity of Muslims), today said that Narendra Modi is sending a clear signal to the Muslims of India about their place in India’s polity by consecrating the Ram Temple at Ayodhya with his own hands.
Owaisi, who projects himself as the true champion of Muslims as opposed to the ‘pseudo-secular’ opposition parties such as Indian National Congress, was answering questions from the media on how he feels about the inauguration of the temple — located at the spot where a mosque stood for 500 years — on Monday.
“Narendra Modi is aiming to consolidate the majority vote by doing this. He’s giving an indication to the Muslims of India as to what their place is in India’s politics,” he said, speaking on the sidelines of an event here today.
In his characteristic style, he also eviscerated the opposition that he claimed were not that different from the BJP when it came to tapping the religious sentiments of the majority community for electoral gains.
By way of example, he pointed out to the Aam Aadmi Party government of Delhi, which he said has suggested that religious songs such as Hanuman Chalisa and Ram Dhun should be sung in Delhi government schools once a week.
“Do government schools have religion,” he asked, before moving on to the three critical developments that paved the way for the construction and Monday’s inauguration of the Ram temple at Ayodhya.
The first, he pointed out, took place soon after independence when Congress’ Govind Ballabh Pant was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.
It was at that time that idols were placed at the Masjid, he noted. He pointed out that the then collector of Ayodhya, K K Nair, closed the Masjid to Muslims and allowed Hindus to worship the idol, before it was locked again.
In 1986, when Rajiv Gandhi was the prime minister, the locks to the mosque were opened and Hindus were again allowed to start worship, he pointed out.