In an obvious reference to disputes in Varanasi and Mathura, Samajwadi Social gathering chief Swami Prasad Maurya on Sunday stated if the BJP appears to be like for a temple in each mosque then folks would begin trying to find a Buddhist monastery in each temple.
“BJP folks underneath a conspiracy are elevating mosque-temple problem. They’re on the lookout for a temple in each mosque. This can value them dearly. As a result of in the event that they search for a temple in each mosque then folks will begin trying to find a Buddhist monastery in each temple,” he advised reporters.
The SP nationwide normal secretary claimed there are ample historic proof that every one these temples had been Buddhist monasteries.
“The Badrinath and Kedarnath temples in Uttarakhand, the Jagannath Temple in Puri, the Ayyappa Temple in Kerala and the Vithoba temple in Pandharpur (Maharashtra) had been Buddhist monasteries. These Buddhist monasteries had been demolished after which Hindu non secular shrines got here up there. They had been Buddhist monasteries until the eighth century,” he stated.
He stated his intention is to not flip these temples into Buddhist monasteries “however, in the event you seek for a temple in each mosque, then why ought to a Buddhist monastery not be looked for in each temple?” Reacting to assertion, Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Bhupendra Singh Chaudhary stated “insulting the Sanatan Dharma many times” has develop into the behavior of Samajwadi Social gathering and its leaders.
He stated Maurya’s remarks about “Baba Kedarnath, Baba Badrinath and Shri Jagannath Puri, the principle centres of religion of Hindus, aren’t solely controversial but additionally present his trivial mindset and petty politics”.
He stated the assertion has damage the sentiments of crores of Hindus of the nation and Uttar Pradesh and created hatred within the society. He stated Maurya apologise for the assertion. “And, Akhilesh Yadav, the Samajwadi Social gathering chief, ought to give his opinion on this topic and make clear if the Samajwadi Social gathering agrees with it,” Chaudhary tweeted.
Maurya made comparable remarks on Friday, inviting robust response from BJP chief and Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami who had termed them “unlucky” and stated they replicate the “anti-national and anti-religious” pondering of the Congress and its allies.
Maurya responded to the criticism on Sunday.
“I had spoken about Badrinath and Kedarnath Dhaam and had stated that from the top of seventh century to the start of the eighth century, Badrinath was a Buddhist monastery, after which Shankaracharya had modified it and established it as a non secular place for Hindus,” he stated.
“I wish to inform the chief minister of Uttarakhand that everybody’s religion (aasthaa) is essential. If you’re anxious about your ‘aasthaa’, then you ought to be anxious about others’ ‘aasthaa’ as properly,” he stated.
BSP President Mayawati accused Maurya of attempting to drive a wedge between communities forward of election.
“The most recent assertion of Samajwadi Social gathering chief Swami Prasad Maurya that many temples together with Badrinath had been constructed by demolishing Buddhist monasteries and why trendy survey needs to be performed not solely of Gyanvapi Masjid but additionally of different main temples, is a purely political assertion giving rise to new controversies,” she stated in a tweet in Hindi.
Mayawati additionally requested Maurya why he by no means raised such a requirement when was a minister within the BJP authorities.
“Maurya was a minister within the BJP authorities for a very long time, why did he not put such strain on his social gathering and the federal government on this regard? And now creating such a non secular controversy on the time of elections. Buddhist and Muslim communities aren’t going to be misled by them,” she stated.
The disputes associated to Varanasi’s Kashi Vishwanath-Gyanvapi Masjid complicated and Mathura’s Krishna Janmasthan Temple-Shahi Eidgah Majisd are being heard by courts.
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