New Delhi: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor fuelled a controversy on Sunday after he said that ‘no good Hindu would want a Temple at Babri site’. Speaking at the Hindu Lit For Life Dialogue 2018 on the topic ‘India: Issues and Opportunities’, Tharoor said that no good Hindu would want to see a Ram temple built “by demolishing somebody else’s place of worship”. Also Read - Rule of Land Supreme, Not Your Policy; Must Abide by Indian Laws: Parliamentary Panel Led by Shashi Tharoor to Twitter
Reacting to Tharoor’s statement, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy said that the Congress leader’s statement was absolutely absurd. Also Read - Tripura Crisis: Central BJP Leaders Arrive in Agartala to Meet Rebel MLAs Amid Speculations of Them Joining TMC
The Congress leader went on to say that a riot-like situation may arise and India might have to brace for unpleasantness in the time to come. He said, “I think we have to brace ourselves for some more unpleasantness in the months to come because there has been a correlation, in the not so distant past, between the advent of elections and the stoking of religious passions, communal rioting. That’s indeed my worry.” Also Read - Chirag Paswan Breaks Silence, Says 'No One Can Replace Me As LJP's National President'
Tharoor added that though Hindus believe that Ayodhya was the birthplace of Lord Ram, no Hindu would take steps to build a temple on a demolished site. Tharoor said that he, as a Hindu, was also very conscious that a vast majority of Hindus wanted a Ram temple to be built at the site but in this case.
For the unversed, on September 26, the Supreme Court declined to refer the Ayodhya land dispute case to a larger constitutional bench and said it will begin hearing the Ayodhya matter from October 29 to decide the suit on merit.
The apex court also held that all religions and religious places need to be equally respected. The Babri Masjid, built by Mughal emperor Babur in Ayodhya in 1528, was on December 6, 1992, razed to the ground allegedly by a group of Hindu activists who claimed that the mosque was constructed after demolishing a Ram Temple that originally stood there.