The centre on Wednesday advised the Rajya Sabha that it “has not issued any pointers to states relating to use of open authorities land for varied spiritual actions”.
“Land is a state topic and it’s the duty of the involved state/UT to take care of issues associated to land. Ministry of House Affairs has not issued any pointers to states relating to use of open authorities land for varied spiritual actions,” junior House Minister Nityanand Rai mentioned.
The assertion was in response to a query from AAP MP Sushil Gupta, requested within the context of a festering row in BJP-ruled Haryana, the place Muslims in Gurgaon have been harassed over the previous few weeks and months whereas attempting to supply namaz on open land owned by the state authorities.
Final week Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar mentioned Muslims in Gurgaon, which is a part of the nationwide capital area, wouldn’t be allowed to supply namaz in open areas, withdrawing an earlier settlement reached after clashes with members of the Hindu neighborhood in 2018.
The Chief Minister advised reporters “we can’t tolerate the customized of providing namaz within the open”.
Mr Khattar’s remark was slammed by Nationwide Convention chief Omar Abdullah.
“The Haryana Chief Minister’s assertion and his determination is completely improper,” he mentioned, including, “I might have accepted it had this ban been on each faith, however by this decide and select, it’s clear the goal is one explicit faith… which isn’t allowed by the Structure of this nation.”
Namaz provided outdoor on government-owned land has triggered vociferous protests by right-wing Hindu teams, who, final month, went as far as to unfold cow dung on a prayer web site. On different events, Muslims peacefully praying confronted shouts of “Jai Shri Ram”.
In October tensions flared as teams of individuals – locals claimed have been affiliated to right-wing organisations – disrupted prayers in Sector 12-A.
Following these and weekly protests at different locations in Gurgaon, the district administration final month mentioned Muslims wouldn’t be allowed to hope at eight of the 37 beforehand agreed websites.
The administration mentioned permission had been cancelled after “objections” from locals and mentioned permission could be revoked for different websites if comparable “objections” have been raised.
Amongst different “objections” raised are claims “Rohingya refugees” use the prayers as an excuse to commit crimes within the space.
When protests first made headlines, Mr Khattar mentioned everybody had a proper to hope but additionally issued a caveat, saying “these providing prayers mustn’t block street visitors”.
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