VHP rakes in the theory of the temple’s existence; Owaisi Strikes Back – The New Indian Express

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NEW DELHI: Hours after one of the parties in the Gyanvapi mosque compound case claimed a ‘Shivling’ had been found at its premises, the Vishva Hindu Parisad (VHP) on Monday called it a proof of the existence of a temple there and hoped it would lead to an “obvious result”.

VHP national spokesman Vinod Bansal said the faces of those trying to “hide the truth” were “painted black” with the “discovery” of the “Shivling” in the mosque premises.

The VHP’s reaction came after lawyers representing Hindu petitioners in the Gyanvapi-Shringar Gauri Mosque cult case claimed that a Shivling had been found during a court-mandated video investigation conducted at the premises. of the Varanasi mosque.

Following this, a local court, hearing the case, ordered the district administration to seal off a place in the Gyanvapi Masjid complex.

In a video message, VHP International Work Chairman Alok Kumar said that “the existence of a ‘Shivling'” in the premises of the Gyanvapi Mosque was “obvious” that a temple was there and hoped that “everyone” in the country “will accept and honor this evidence.”

“This is very good news. The Shivling was found in the presence of both parties and their lawyers. The discovery of Shivling is self-evident. The location where the Shivling was found has been proven to be today. a temple and was a temple in 1947 as well,” the VHP leader said.

“I hope everyone in the country will accept and honor this evidence, and that the country will move forward in the direction of its obvious outcome,” he added.

While lawyers representing the Hindu side claimed a ‘Shivling’ had been found, a spokesperson for the mosque’s management committee disputed that claim, telling a TV station that the object was part of a fountain”.

He said lawyers representing the mosque committee were not fully heard before the sealing order was announced.

The VHP International Labor President said: “The matter is before the court which has taken the evidence under its protection and placed the responsibility on the police officials to ensure that no tampering has been made. “

“We hope the subject reaches its logical conclusion.”

Alok Kumar said that the VHP wanted to wait for the court’s verdict on the matter until the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

“Now, under the new circumstances, we will bring this matter to the revered brotherhood of Sant at the meeting of our Kendriya Margdarshak Mandal.”

The meeting will be held in Haridwar on June 11-12, Kumar said.

After the court verdict, the VHP will decide on its next course of action, he said, adding that it would not be appropriate for him to comment further on the matter as it is pending.

AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi said on Monday Muslims were not ready to lose another mosque after the Babri Masjid, a day it was claimed in a court in Varanasi that a Shivling had been found in the Gyanvapi complex during an investigation.

Reacting to the development, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya tweeted, “No matter how hard you hide the truth, it will come out one day.”

“Satya hi Shiv hai (truth is Shiva),” he said.

The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) claimed that the “find” proved that a temple once stood on the spot.

Earlier today, a court in Varanasi ordered the district administration to seal off a pond in the Gyanvapi Masjid complex after lawyers representing the Hindu petitioners said a Shivling had been found during a video investigation ordered by the court.

Referring to the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya three decades ago and a 1949 incident when idols of Hindu deities surfaced there, Owaisi asked Muslims to pledge not to allow its repetition in Varanasi.

In a video posted on his Twitter account, Owaisi said Muslims are not ready to lose another mosque after the Babri Masjid.

“When I was 19-20, the Babri Masjid was ripped from us, and inchallah we will not allow that to happen with children of that age group,” he said.

He urged community members to pledge not to allow another mosque to be lost.

“We know your tactics and we won’t allow you to sting any more,” he said, apparently referring to right-wing Hindu formations.

“The mosque exists and it will exist inshallah until the day of judgment. The Gyanvapi mosque existed and until Allah keeps the world intact, the mosque will remain,” he said.

Owaisi said Muslims should make efforts to keep mosques thriving.

“The Ramzan is over and the walls of the mosques yearn for people who had offered namaz to the house of God for 30 days.

Mosques in villages and localities must be kept alive because the forces of evil want to deprive us of our culture.

They should understand that Muslims are not ready to lose a mosque again in India,” Owaisi said.

In a tweet, the AIMIM leader also said the incident is a repeat of the December 1949 textbooks at Babri Masjid, apparently referring to the appearance of idols in the then mosque.

The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) expressed joy at the claimed discovery and said it proved that there once existed a temple there.

“This Shivling was found in the presence of lawyers from both sides. Therefore, the place where the Shivling was found is a temple. This has been proven,” the incumbent VHP Chairman Alok Kumar said on Monday. in Prayagraj.

“I hope this evidence will be respected by people across the country,” he said, hoping this case would come to its logical conclusion.

Kumar said, “Since the matter is before the court, it would not be appropriate to comment further. After the court verdict, we will think about it further and then the VHP can decide what further steps to take.”

Sharon D. Cole