Hyderabad: The President of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), Asaduddin Owaisi, expressed his disappointment over the stone laying ceremonies that were held for the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, today.
Addressing the media at Darussalam on Wednesday, August 5th, the MP said that this will be remembered as a day when secular ethos of the country was defeated by Hindutva.
Commenting on the ceremony, he said, "It wasn't just the stone laying ceremony of the Ram Temple, but that of a Hindu Rashtra. This is the foundation of a country that will treat Muslims, Dalits and other minorities as second class citizens, and whose life and death will be based on their goodwill."
He further added that the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has violated his Constitutional oath by participating in such an event. "The Prime Minsiter said that this temple is a symbol of India. I disagree because neither a mosque nor a temple can be the symbols of a country. The PM, today, out rightly endorsed majoritarianism," he added.
Expressing his concern with opposition parties, the barrister said, "Representatives of the Congress party termed the temple as a symbol of brotherhood. But how can we be brothers, since you have made us unequal."
He further insisted that for him and several other Muslims, there will always be a mosque at the sight of the Ram Temple.
The stone laying ceremony, or Bhoomi pujan, for the new Ram Temple took place in Ayodhya today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Chief Mohan Bhagwat, were present at the venue.
Asaduddin Owaisi also informed that their team has been in touch with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao. "We are in continuous contact with the CM, and has asked him to rebuild the mosque that was demolished as part of the Old Secretariat building. He has expressed his regret on the same, and we believe that he will help us," he added.
A mosque and temple and the premises of the Old Secretariat building was demolished in the month of June. The State government claimed that it was on accident and expressed their regret for the same.