Bukkal Nawab remark offends minority cell, 'Namaz at disputed site is haram'
At the BJP's minority cell meet in Lucknow Thursday, BJP MLC Bukkal Nawab had to cut short his speech after party workers hooted and protested when he made a comment on the Ayodhya land dispute. Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was also present in the meeting.
“Jab masjid tayyar ho jayegi to usmein namaz padhna jayega kaun? Vivadit jagah par namaj padhna haram hai….hum masjid ki mukhalfat nahi kar rahe hain…hum jo sahi baat hain woh bata rahe hain…hum masjid ka virodh nahi kar rahe hain… (Even if a mosque is built on the disputed site, who will go there to offer namaz? Offering namaz at a disputed site is forbidden…I am not opposed to a masjid, I am saying what is right),” Nawab said this while addressing the state working committee of the party’s Alpsankhyak Morcha.
After hooted and protested by the workers for his remark he said, “Hum masjid banwane ki baat kar rahe the…mandir banwane ki baat kar hi nahi rahe (I am speaking about construction of a mosque, not temple).”
According to sources, senior leaders had to then intervene.
“I was trying to explain issues on which we are constantly targeted. I was trying to explain in other words that even if the demand for a mosque is fulfilled, any prayers offered at the disputed site would not serve any purpose. Anyone who does so will go to hell, ”sail BJP MLC.
Nawab joined BJP after 2017 Assembly elections before that he was with the Samajwadi Party. He was sent to the Upper House soon after he joined BJP.
After the event, he told media persons, “There was no major protest. I was trying to explain something and was asked to speak about the organisation, so I continued with other topics…A temple will be built in Ayodhya or in Pakistan or Afghanistan? I am in favour of Ram temple in Ayodhya, not 100 per cent, but 1000 per cent.”
Sunil Bansal, BJP’s state organisation secretary was also present at the event, he asked office-bearers to ensure the strengthening of the minority wing and urged them to participate in the upcoming bike rallies across 80 Lok Sabha constituencies.
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