The Varanasi district court’s order in the Gyanvapi mosque case will take the country back to the 1980s and 1990s, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi said on Monday.
Owaisi made the statement at a press conference hours after the court held that a civil suit by Hindu plaintiffs seeking the right to pray inside the Gyanvapi mosque premises is maintainable and can be heard further.
The Hyderabad MP said that the district court’s order will have a destabilising effect and several other similar demands will crop up.
“If this happens, the very purpose of the 1991 law [Places of Worship Act] will have failed,” he told mediapersons. “The 1991 Act was created so that such conflicts can permanently end. But after today order, litigation will begin on all these matters.”
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Owaisi said that he hoped that the Anjuman Intezamia Masjid Committee, which manages the mosque, will file an appeal against the district court’s order.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board also said that the Varanasi court’s order was disappointing and saddening.
“…People who want to spread hatred in the country and who do not care about the country’s unity have brought up the matter regarding the Gyanvapi mosque,”…