PDP, BJP spar over Assembly mosque

Jammu: State government on Tuesday assured to rebuild a mosque in  the premises of   Legislative Assembly following  a verbal spar between PDP and BJP legislators over the issue.
Roads and Buildings Minister, Abdul Majeed Wani, said the mosque was partially damaged last year during the construction of new Assembly complex and later it was demolished as the government decided that a new mosque will be reconstructed at the site.
“I assure the House that the mosque will be reconstructed soon,” said Wani after PDP MLA, Javeed Mustafa Mir,  alleged during the zero hour that government had demolished the mosque and despite repeated assurances failed to reconstruct it.
“I want to know from the government that what happened to its assurances,” said Mir.
Speaker Mubarak Gul  tried to pacify Mir by saying that the government had already given the assurance so there was no need to raise the issue again.
However, Mir jumped into the House well and asked the government to clear its position.
He was confronted  by BJP MLA Ashok Khujaria who claimed that Mir was lying as  there had been no Masjid inside the Assembly premises.
“Which Masjid he is talking about? We will not allow any Masjid inside the Assembly premises,” Khujaria said.
Mir replied that if Khajuria had no  problem with a  temple in the basement of Assembly why he should oppose the reconstruction of the  Masjid.
“Last year I submitted photographs of the demolished structure of the Masjid before the house and Rural Development minister Ali Mohammad Sagar gave assurances that the government will reconstruct the Masjid,” said Mir.
He was joined by party colleague Syed Bashir and Independent MLA Engineer Rasheed who too jumped into the House well and demanded reconstruction of the mosque.
Khujaria however remained adamant that the Masjid never existed and the BJP will not allow contraction of any  such new structure on the Assembly premises .
Speaker Mubarak Gul tried to pacify the two sides ,  saying the government will respond to their demands.
“This is a sensitive issue and you should not fight like this. Let government make a  statement on the issue,” said the Speaker.

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