The remarks of the former Union minister came at a time when a court-mandated videographical inquiry was being conducted at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple-Gyanvapi mosque complex in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi.
No attempt would be made to change the status of a place of worship, as that would lead to an ‘enormous conflict’, said senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Saturday, on a day that a videography survey was performed at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple-Gyanvapi Mosque complex in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi.
“We believe that all other places should remain in the status they are and were. We should not try to change the status of a place of worship, because that will only lead to an enormous conflict, and it is to prevent such a conflict that the Narasimha Rao government adopted the Places of Worship Act, “Chidambaram told reporters in Udaipur, where the big party is holding a ‘Chintan Shivir’.
The ‘other’ in the declaration of the former Union of the Minister of Home Affairs and Finance refers to the fact that the Place of Worship Act (special provisions) – adopted in September 1991 by the government of then-Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao – does not apply to Ram Janmabhoomi in UP’s Ayodhya, which is the only religious site that is exempt from the law.
The law seeks to “prohibit the reversal of any place of worship and to preserve the religious character of any place of worship as it existed on the 15th day of August 1947, and for matters connected therewith. or incidentally thereby “.
In recent days, the legislation has been cited several times by AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi to appeal against a ruling by the Varanasi court requesting videography in the Gyanvapi mosque. According to the MP from Hyderabad, the order is a ‘blatant violation’ of the Places of Worship Act.
(With PTI inputs)
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