Owaisi opposes PM Modi's 'participation' in Ram Temple bhoomi pujan ceremony
PM Modi is expected to attend the Ram Temple ground breaking ceremony in Ayodhya on August 5. AIMIM chief Owaisi has said that PM Modi attending the ceremony in an official capacity would mean a violation of the constitutional oath.
Asaduddin Owaisi has objected to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled participation in the Ram Temple “bhoomi pujan” ceremony. On Tuesday, the All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen chief said that the Prime Minister's participation in the ceremony at Ayodhya would mean a violation of his “constitutional oath”.
PM Modi is expected to attend the ground breaking ceremony of the Ram Temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya on August 5th. Owaisi’s criticism of the Prime Minister’s visit comes barely a week ahead of the ceremony.
AIMIM president Owaisi said, "Attending Bhoomi Pujan in official capacity will be a violation of @PMOIndia's constitutional oath. Secularism is part of the Basic Structure of Constitution."
"We can't forget that for over 400 years Babri stood in Ayodhya & it was demolished by a criminal mob in 1992," the Hyderabad Lok Sabha MP further added.
According to members of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust, PM Modi is likely to visit Ayodhya on August 5 for the ground breaking ceremony to begin the construction of the Ram temple. Veteran BJP leaders LK Advani, MM Joshi and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat are among those who have been invited to the ceremony.
Meanwhile, right-wing organisations such as Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) are in celebratory mode.
International Joint General Secretary of VHP, Surendra Kumar Jain in a Facebook live address said that the 500-year old struggle of Hindu society would soon fructify.
"Lakhs of people sacrificed for the Ram Temple construction. The whole country is determined to construct a temple at Ram Janmabhoomi. Bhoomi Pujan will be held on August 5. The Prime Minister will take part in that Bhoomi Pujan," he said.
In an unanimous verdict last year, the Supreme Court cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya and directed the Centre to allot a five-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.
In one of the most important and most anticipated judgements in India's history, a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi put an end to the more than a century-old dispute that has torn the social fabric of the nation apart.