Akhilesh Yadav dismisses UP leader Ompal Nehra over temple remarks

ompal-nehra-380-ibnLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister President Akhilesh Yadav has stripped Samajwadi Party leader Ompal Nehra of minister of state status after his remarks asking Muslims to help build temples in Ayodhya and Mathura.

“Nehra has been sacked by the Chief Minister yesterday,” SP spokesman and cabinet minister Rajendra Chowdhury told PTI on Friday.

The action by Chief Minister, who is also the state president of ruling Samajwadi Party, came as the Ram temple issue came into renewed focus with two truck loads of stones for construction of the temple being brought to Ayodhya by Vishva Hindu Parishad.
File Image of Ompal Nehra. IBNlive

File Image of Ompal Nehra. IBNlive

Nehra had on 23 December suggested during a function that Muslims should come forward and help build temples at disputed
sites in Ayodhya and Mathura, so that organisations like VHP lose their identity.

“Where can a Ram temple be built if not in Ayodhya? It is an emotional issue. In Mathura, where we worship Krishna, how
can there be a mosque there. Muslims should think about it and in fact come forward for Kar Seva (voluntary work) and say build the temples at these places. We should not fall in their (VHP’s)trap,” Nehra has said in Bijnore.

Nehra was Advisor in Entertainment Tax department of the state government and had the status of minister of state.

After his sacking, Nehra said he stands by his statement.

“What I said was that Muslim brothers should do ‘kar seva’ in constructing temple in Ayodhya and Mathura and Hindu brothers help them in constructing mosques one or two kms aways. But it’s my belief that temples should be constructed in both the places (Ayodhya and Mathura),” Nehra told reporters.

Meanwhile, reacting to the development, BJP state President Laxmikant Bajpai said such statements have no meaning as the matter was pending in Supreme Court.

“The matter is pending in the Supreme Court. How can construction work start in such situation? The statement has
no meaning,” he said.

Congress spokesman Rita Bahuguna Joshi said the action against Nehra was “right”.

“His sacking is the right step as he spoke against the ideology of the Samajwadi Party. The matter is in court and
action against those making statements is justified,” she said.

Source From;Firstpost

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