SRINAGAR: Muslim Deeni Mahaz (MDM) chief Dr Muhammad Qasim on Monday said the appointment of Yogi Adityanath as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh is “a clear sign that BJP has set its eyes on building Ram Temple in place of Babri Masjid before the general elections of 2019”.
In a statement issued here, Dr Qasim said work on the temple could start in 2018 and “if India has to face international pressure or backlash, Modi can wash off his hands by passing the buck on to Adityanath”.
He said if Muslims of India won’t resist the move effectively, New Delhi will join the bandwagon of temple building with all pomp and show.
Qasim said after the 2002 Gujarat “anti-Muslim” riots, a new political period of “Aggressive Hindutva” started and it became the key to power in India. “2014 general elections proved that the period of secular politics has ended in India. In such conditions, it is quite possible that Congress and other parties will also adopt ‘Soft Hindutva’ to remain relevant and satisfy the 100 crore Hindu population of India. Therefore, when BJP through Yogi Adityanath starts work on Ram Temple, the Congress and other parties will find it difficult to oppose keeping in view the 2019 elections,” he said.
“In this way, BJP will not only score a historical win in 2019 but with it the political importance of Muslims and other minorities in India will end forever. This will lead to India officially becoming a Hindu country in accordance with the Two-Nation theory and the regional parties will either become shadow organisations of RSS or they will be rendered stooge organisations like NC and PDP in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
“A very critical and difficult time is awaiting the Muslims in Jammu Kashmir and India,” Dr Qasim added.