New Delhi: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi declared from the Lok Sabha floor on Saturday that the Babri Masjid, demolished in 1992, still exists at the Ayodhya Ram Temple site. Ending his address with the chant “Babri Masjid zindabad,” he reignited tensions surrounding the sensitive religious issue.
“My faith stands firm that the mosque remains where it once stood,” Owaisi declared. “Babri Masjid was, is, and will be. Long live Babri Masjid, long live India, Jai Hind!” he proclaimed, drawing both support and criticism.
Responding to discussions on the Ram Temple construction, Owaisi accused the BJP government of portraying “one religion triumphing over another.” He questioned the government’s secularity, asking, “Is this government for a specific community or for all of India? Does India have a state religion?” His words resonated with concerns of some citizens about alleged religious bias.
While expressing respect for Lord Ram, Owaisi vehemently condemned Nathuram Godse, Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin. “What message does this government send to 17 crore Muslims?” he challenged. “Am I a spokesperson for Babar, Jinnah, or Aurangzeb? I respect Lord Ram, but I despise Godse who killed the man whose last words were ‘Hey Ram,'” he emphasized, highlighting the complex religious dynamics in India.
Owaisi’s reference to the Modi government’s celebrations of December 6th, the day the Babri Masjid was demolished, further fueled the controversy. The 2019 Supreme Court verdict awarding the disputed land for a Ram Temple while offering a separate plot for a mosque continues to evoke mixed reactions.
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