Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Monday in the Gyanvapi mosque controversy claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was giving “sponsors” to people to create rifts in the community. Speaking to reporters in Varanasi, Akhilesh Yadav alleged that at a time when inflation and unemployment were at its peak, the BJP was trying to break the ‘Ganga-Jamuni fabric’ of Uttar Pradesh by raising issues like the Gyanvapi issue.
Akhilesh Yadav questioned the state government that- “When it comes to the Gyanvapi Masjid dispute, the BJP is sponsoring people and giving them financial aid to create a rift between Hindus and Muslims. Jamuni works towards breaking the fabric. I want to know that there is inflation. Today every youth is unemployed, electricity prices are rising, there is no medicine in hospitals, why is there no debate on this? Are you picking up Gyanvapi at this time?
Gyanvapi Masjid controversy
The entire controversy over the Gyanvapi Masjid began on April 26 after a Varanasi court directed a five-member ASI team to study the entire complex, the cost of which would be borne by the Uttar Pradesh government. The order is based on a petition by Vijay Shankar Rastogi, seeking permission to perform daily worship and rituals of Goddess Shringar Gauri, Lord Ganesha, Lord Hanuman and Nandi located behind the western wall of the Gyanvapi Mosque.
Stating that the original Kashi Vishwanath temple was built 2,000 years ago, the petition states that the Gyanvapi Masjid was constructed in 1669 after the temple was demolished by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The temple was rebuilt in 1780 by Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar. Rastogi has argued that the Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991, which bars courts from considering any petition changing the status quo of a religious place, is not applicable to this suit.
The controversy has led to a political standoff between the BJP, Congress and AIMIM. While AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has claimed that the court-ordered survey violates the Places of Worship Act, the BJP termed Owaisi as aspiring to be the next ‘Jinnah’. The Congress, on the other hand, has claimed that the BJP is creating an “Ayodhya-like controversy” for political gains.
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