In a big endorsement to the Hindu side in the Gyanvapi dispute, the Uttar Pradesh chief minister said that the Muslim side must step forward to say there has been a “historical mistake” and help find a solution to the issue.
Yogi also scoffed at the opposition bloc INDIA, saying that the act of renaming won’t erase the past deeds of these leaders.
Here are the highlights from Yogi Adityanath’s interview …
On Gyanvapi row
On the ongoing legal dispute over the Gyanvapi mosque in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said there has been a “historical” mistake and the Muslim side must step forward to find a solution to the problem.
“Inside Gyanvapi, there are deity statues, and Hindus did not place them there. If we call it a mosque, there will be a dispute. The government wants a resolution to the Gyanvapi dispute,” he said.
The chief minister wondered if Gyanvapi is a mosque, then what is a trident (trishul) doing there.
“The walls are screaming and saying something. I feel there should be a proposal from the Muslim society that there has been a historical mistake and we need a solution,” the chief minister told ANI.
On opposition’s ‘INDIA’
He also took a dig at the opposition bloc INDIA, saying that we should not refer to them as “INDIA”.
“This dot dot dot dot group … their past deeds will not be forgotten just because they have changed their identity,” he said.
On Vande Mataram controversy
Yogi also reacted strongly to SP MLA Abu Azmi’s controversial remarks about Vande Mataram in the Maharashtra assembly. Azmi had said chanting of ‘Vande Mataram’ is against his religion.
The UP chief minister said that the nation runs on Constitution and not on one’s religion.
“The country runs on Constitution, not on religion. I am a devotee god, but I don’t believe in superstitions. Your religion is restricted to your house or mosque, but you cannot impose it on others. You can’t demonstrate it on the streets or impose it on anyone,” he said.
Yogi said that “nation comes first” and if anyone wants to live in India, they must put the country before their religion.