AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will violate the constitutional oath if he attends the foundation laying ceremony of Ram temple in Ayodhya. Owaisi said it will be a “violation of the constitutional oath” taken by the PM while assuming office if he attends the August 5 event.
He made the comment after a left leader’s letter to the Union government requesting not to do a live telecast of the groundbreaking ceremony. The left leader has called it a violation of the accepted norms of national integrity.
Live telecast of event likely
The groundbreaking ceremony of the Ram temple is likely to be broadcasted live. The same is likley to be done to faciliate devotees who cannot come to Ayodhya amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to perform prayers in the sanctum sanctorum of the earmarked Ram Temple site. Then he is likely to lay the foundation stone at around 12:15 pm on August 5.
However, an official confirmation of the prime minister’s programme for the day has not been released so far.
Secularism basic foundation of Constitution
“Attending Bhumi Pujan in official capacity will be a violation of @PMOIndia‘s constitutional oath. Secularism is part of the Basic Structure of Constitution. We can’t forget that for over 400 years Babri stood in Ayodhya & it was demolished by a criminal mob in 1992,” Owaisi tweeted on Tuesday.
Several other prominent leaders including the proponents of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement are expected to attend the groundbreaking ceremony.
Earlier an NCP leader’s objection to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s possible participation in the event, made on similar grounds, was rejected both by Shiv Sena and the NCP.
Apart from Thackeray, veteran BJP leaders LK Advani, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti and Vinay Katiyar have been also invited. This apart, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has been also invited to the ceremony.
SC verdict on Ayodhya dispute
Ram Temple construction at Ayodhya was cleared by a five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court. The apex court handed over the disputed land to Hindu parties. It found legal merit in their claim to the site which is considered to be the birthplace of Lord Ram.
It put an end to the more than a century-old dispute that had led to a communal rift in the Indian society.
Most Muslim parties involved in the litigation have accepted the court’s decision. The Central government has also maintained that the acceptance of the court verdict demonstrates the strength of Indian democracy.
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