New Delhi: Union Minister of State (Independent charge) for MSME Giriraj Singh has courted a fresh controversy by saying that Muslims are Ram descendants and they must support Ram Mandir. According to the media reports, Singh said that the Muslims in the country are not the descendants of Mughals.

Reportedly, he further said that there is a decline in the Hindu population in the country and wherever it has happened, the harmony has been affected, adding that Muslims are in favour of Ram Mandir.

However, this is not the first time Giriraj Singh has stoked a controversy. In April, Singh had said that all those opposed to Narendra Modi should go to Pakistan as they have no place in India. He made this comment while addressing a public event in Patna.

On September 27, the Supreme Court had refused to refer to a larger bench the issue of re-examination of its verdict in 1994 that mosque was not integral to Islam – an issue that arose during the hearing of Ayodhya land dispute. The apex court had said now the civil suit on land dispute will be heard by a newly constituted three-judge bench on October 29.

The RSS and the BJP had welcomed the judgment and expressed confidence that a “just verdict” in the case will be reached at the earliest.

The issue whether the mosque is integral to Islam had cropped up when a three-judge bench headed by CJI Misra was hearing a batch of appeals filed against the Allahabad High Court’s 2010 verdict by which the disputed land on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid area was divided into three parts.

Around 20 Muslim groups who filed the petition had argued before a special bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer that the “sweeping” observation of the apex court in the verdict needed to be reconsidered by a five-judge bench as “it had and will have a bearing” on the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi land dispute case.

The three-judge high court bench, in a 2:1 majority ruling, had ordered that the 2.77 acres of land be partitioned equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.