Sanjay Nishad. Photo: Facebook/NISHAD Party

New Delhi: Speaking to reporters in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat on Monday, state cabinet minister and NISHAD party chief Sanjay Nishad said that mosques in the vicinity of temples should be ‘voluntarily’ moved to different locations.

According to a report in the Indian Express, Nishad said he wants the mosques to be moved away “jis tarah se Ram mandir se hatt gaya aur Ram mandir aaram se ban raha hai aur masjid alag se ban raha hai (just like what happened with the Ram Temple where the temple is being built with ease and the mosque is being built some place else)”.

Nishad, here, is referring to the Ram temple in Ayodhya which is being built where the Babri Masjid once stood, before it was ransacked and destroyed by Hindutva mobs who placed Ram idols within the premises of the Muslim place of worship.

It is worth noting that the Supreme Court, while allocating the land to the Hindu petitioner in the case, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), had described the “illegal” demolition of the mosque in 1992 as “an egregious violation of the rule of law”.

Hume hatne ki nahi, balki doosre Bharat ke sanskriti hai agar wo dharmik puja karna chahte hai toh kahin banakar puja kar sakte hai (We do not need to move. Other religions in Indian culture can worship somewhere else),” Nishad said further.

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