The Bharatiya Janata Party leader Vinay Katiyar, who had previously claimed that Taj Mahal was built on a temple, on Thursday morning claimed that Delhi’s famous Jama Masjid was known as ‘Jamuna Devi Temple’ before the national capital was sacked by the Mughals. The 17th-century mosque was built by Shah Jahan, who had also built Taj Mahal and Red Fort but the BJP MP claims that close to 6,000 places have been razed by invading Mughal forces in the past. “There were about 6000 places that were broken down by the Mughal emperors. Delhi’s Jama Masjid was originally Jamuna Devi temple, similarly, Taj Mahal was Tejo Mahalaya,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.
This isn’t the first time when Katiyar has made this type of a claim. Earlier this year when the Uttar Pradesh government left out Taj Mahal from its tourism brochure, Katiyar claimed the Mughal mausoleum was, in fact, a Hindu temple which housed an idol of Lord Shiva. However, his latest remarks come days ahead of the Gujarat polls and at a time when a heated debate is going on over the Ayodhya issue.
Another dispute that has been long grabbing eye-balls is the Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi case. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court began final hearings in the Ayodhya case, 25 years after the demolition of Babri Masjid. The apex court, however, adjourned the hearing till February 8. However, senior counsel Kapil Sibal requested the bench headed by Chief Justice Deepak Misra to postpone the hearing until July 2019, but this was request was rejected.
Sibal had claimed that the verdict can have an impact on the Gujarat elections and questioned the hurry in concluding the hearing. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing an election rally in Gujarat on Wednesday, lauded the Sunni Waqf Board, Uttar Pradesh, for disagreeing with Sibal’s stand.
Sibal, however, later clarified that he was not representing the Sunni Waqf Board and sought to de-link his roles as a professional lawyer and a Congress politician. “People of the country know what the BJP stands for. The Prime Minister just proved it today. My plea was that there should be no divisive politics in India,” he said.