New Delhi: Ahead of Lok Sabha elections, Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Parliament (MP) Sakshi Maharaj from Unnao has advocated demolishing Delhi’s Jama Masjid, claiming, the mosque was built on the remains of a temple. The BJP leader further said that he should be hanged if idols were not found below the staircase of the mosque.

“Main rajniti mein jab aya to mera pehla statement tha Mathura mein… Ayodhya, Mathura, Kashi ko choro… Delhi ki Jama Masjid toro, agar siriyon mein murtiyan na mile to mujhe fansi pe latka dena… Aj bhi main kayam hun..” (When I came to politics, my first statement was in Mathura. To leave Ayodhya, Mathura and Kashi aside and demolish Jama Masjid in Delhi and if idols are now found below the staircase then I should be hanged. I still stand by this statement), Indian Express quoted Maharaj as saying.

The BJP leader also said that he expected the government to bring in a law to build Ram temple in Ayodhya before the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

Sakshi Maharaj, giving his first statement after his venture into politics, claimed that Mughals had shown disregard to sentiments of Hindus and built around 3000 mosques by dismantling temples across the country. “Mugal kal mein Hinduon ke samman ke sath khilwar kiya gaya Mandir tore gaye..Masjiden banayei gayi, 3000 se jyada..” (During Mughal era, people played with the honour of Hindus and demolished temples and mosques were constructed, over 3000.), the newspaper quoted Maharaj as saying.

Reinstating his firm position on the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, Maharaj appealed Congress president Rahul Gandhi, BSP chief Mayawati and SP president Akhilesh Yadav to voice their stand on the issue.