The former Union minister’s remarks got here on a day when a court-mandate videography survey was performed contained in the Kashi Vishwanath temple-Gyanvapi mosque complicated in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi.
No try should be made to vary the standing of anywhere of worship as doing so would result in a ‘huge conflict’, senior Congress chief P Chidambaram stated on Saturday, on a day when a court-ordered videography survey was carried out contained in the Kashi Vishwanath temple-Gyanvapi mosque complicated in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi.
“We believe that all other places should remain in the status they are and they were. We should not try to change the status of any place of worship, as that will only lead to a huge conflict, and, it is to avoid such a conflict that the Narasimha Rao government passed the Places of Worship Act,” Chidambaram instructed reporters in Udaipur, the place the grand maintain get together is holding a ‘Chintan Shivir’.
The ’different’ within the former Union residence and finance minister’s assertion refers to the truth that the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act–passed in September 1991 by then-prime minister PV Narasimha Rao’s government–does not apply to the Ram Janmabhoomi in UP’s Ayodhya, which is the one religious website to be exempted from the laws’s purview.
The act seeks to “prohibit conversion of any place of worship and to provide for the maintenance of the religious character of any place of worship as it existed on the 15th day of August, 1947, and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto”.
In latest days, the laws has been repeatedly cited by AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi to object to a Varanasi civil court docket order calling for videography contained in the Gyanvapi mosque. According to the Hyderabad MP, the order is a ‘blatant violation’ of the Places of Worship Act.
(With PTI inputs)
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