In a significant address to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath made a poignant case for a temple to be erected at the site where a mosque currently stands in Mathura, invoking the spiritual significance and historical context of the revered city.
Drawing parallels with the temple-mosque disputes in Ayodhya and Varanasi, Adityanath underscored the sacred nature of these sites, emphasizing their profound religious and cultural importance. He recounted the Mahabharata narrative of the Kauravas' refusal to cede land even equivalent to the "point of a needle" to the Pandavas, drawing a parallel with the disputed sites in Uttar Pradesh.
Highlighting the sanctity of Mathura, Ayodhya, and Varanasi as divine realms, Adityanath lamented the politicization of these issues, attributing controversies to political agendas and vote bank politics. He lamented the attempts to tarnish the country's heritage and faith by glorifying foreign invaders for political gain.
Referencing recent events, including the consecration ceremony at the Ram temple in Ayodhya led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Adityanath lauded the government's commitment to preserving and promoting India's rich cultural heritage. He criticized the previous administration for neglecting the development of Ayodhya and failing to address the basic needs of its residents.
In particular, Adityanath highlighted the recent court order permitting Hindu prayers in the Gyanvapi mosque basement in Varanasi, citing it as a testament to the resilience and determination of the Hindu community. He also reiterated the Hindu litigants' claim regarding the Shahi Idgah in Mathura, stressing the need to reclaim and preserve the sacred birthplace of Lord Krishna.
Accusing the previous government of obstructing the development of Ayodhya, Kashi, and Mathura-Vrindavan, Adityanath questioned their motives and intentions, urging transparency and accountability in governance. Despite his hopes for constructive discourse, he expressed disappointment at the opposition's reluctance to engage meaningfully in discussions concerning significant events like the consecration of Ram Lalla in Ayodhya.
In conclusion, Adityanath reiterated the government's unwavering commitment to safeguarding India's religious and cultural heritage, advocating for inclusive development and progress across all communities in Uttar Pradesh.
(With Agency Inputs)