‘Khattar’s comments on namaz uncover narrow-mindedness’

Congress leader Aftab Ahmed says Gurugram home to individuals of different religions


Haryana Congress VP Aftab Ahmed said that Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s comments that namaz ought to be offered in mosques or eidgahs rather than open spots, displayed his “political immaturity and narrow-mindedness”.

Conversing with writers in Chandigarh on Sunday, Mr. Khattar said that namaz ought to be offered at mosques or eidgahs, and on the off chance that there was deficiency of room, at that point it ought to be offered at an ‘personal place’’.

The State Public Relations Department later issued an elucidation expressing that the CM never said anything in regards to preventing anybody from offering namaz.

‘Political ploy’

Expressing that it was a typical political ploy of the BJP to first permit its “goons” to make an issue out of nothing and afterward bolster it for political increases, Mr. Ahmed said that Gurugram was home to individuals from various States and religions and nothing can be more “unfortunate than the Haryana government failing to ensure that people prayed as per their faith”.

“Be it Ram Rahim, Jat reservation, Rampal or Padmaavat, the BJP always looks for political gains,” said Mr. Ahmed, the previous Haryana Transport Minister.

The Gurugram unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) likewise condemned the interruption of Friday petitions and requested that the organization satisfy its established commitment.

Proceeding with their challenge against offering of namaz in open spaces, conservative associations had this past Friday professedly upset supplications at around four places over the city within the sight of the police.

The dissents had begun after six people were captured a month ago to prevent individuals from offering Friday supplications at a ground in Sector 53, close Wazirabad town.

Association Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Planning Rao Inderjit Singh, who is additionally Gurugram Lok Sabha MP, said he didn’t need the discussion over offering of namaz to erupt and had guided the organization to distinguish places for Muslims to offer Friday supplications.

“We have told the administration that everybody has the right to prayer. But they should get a place where they can do it without any objection from the locals. If there are no mosques nearby then we need to designate open spaces. I have spoken to the ADC and the local party MLAs,” said Mr. Singh.

Damage control

In the mean time, a gathering was met at DLF Phase-II under the Not In My Name Campaign, to talk about conceivable intercessions that could keep the circumstance from ending up more awful.

One of the members, narrative movie producer Rahul Roy, said that it was extensively concluded that they would meet the Deputy Commissioner to look for security and wellbeing for those offering supplications. He said that the residents needed the organization to think of arrangements so that there were no untoward occurrences next Friday.

‘Looking for a ban’

Holding a gathering under the aegis of Sanyukt Hindu Sangharsh Samiti on Sunday evening, more than 50 office-bearers of a few conservative outfits repeated their remain to avoid holding of Friday petitions in open spaces.

“In view of the statement of the Chief Minister, we have decided to submit a fresh memorandum to the DC on Monday seeking complete ban on offering of prayers in open spaces. We are committed to prevent the illegal practice, if the administration fails to do so,” said Gurugram’s Shiv Sena president Gautam Saini.


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