UP minister says Muslims should ‘hand over’ Mathura mosque to Hindus

Uttar Pradesh minister Anand Swarup Shukla said while the court had resolved the Ayodhya issue, the 'white structures' in Kashi (Varanasi) and Mathura hurts Hindus.

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Uttar Pradesh minister Anand Swarup Shukla. (Photo via Shukla’s Twitter account)

After Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, another BJP leader in the state has raked up the Mathura temple issue. UP Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Anand Swarup Shukla on Tuesday said the Muslim community should “hand over” a mosque located close to a temple in Mathura to the Hindu community.

“The white structure in Mathura in the Lord Krishna temple complex hurts the eye of every Hindu. Hence, Muslims should come forward and give up their claim on the land where Lord Krishna was born… The Muslim community should come forward and hand over the white structure located in the Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi complex in Mathura to Hindus… Time will come when this work will be completed,” Shukla said, referring to the mosque.

Meanwhile, another BJP leader, Laxmi Narain Chaudhary, rhetorically asked if the Krishna temple is not built in Mathura, “will it be built in Lahore?”

This story first appeared on indianexpress.com


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