Srinagar: Mehbooba Mufti, the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and the president of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), attacked the BJP-led Centre over the Gyanvapi Mosque issue, saying, “They are after all our mosques.”
Addressing a press conference, Ms Mufti said, “They are after all our mosques. They are after the Gyanvapi Mosque now. Our God is wherever we worship; give us a list of all mosques you are eyeing…”
“Would everything be okay when they take all of it?” she asked.
Meanwhile, the Hindu petitioner in the case, Sohan Lal Arya, claimed that the committee discovered a Shivling in the Kashi Vishwanath Temple-Gyanvapi Mosque complex in Varanasi as the third day of the court-ordered videography survey ended on Monday.
Mr. Arya, who accompanied the court team to the mosque assessment, claimed they discovered “conclusive proof.”
This comes just a day before the Supreme Court hears a motion to halt the survey of the Gyanvapi Mosque complex. Tomorrow, May 17, a bench led by Justice DY Chandrachud will hear the Anjuman Intezamia Masajid Committee’s petition. The three-day survey, on the other hand, has been finished.
Speaking to media persons, Mr Arya said, “Shivling….Jiski Nandi pratiksha kar rahi thi… The moment things became clear the chants of ‘Har Har Mahavdev’ resonated in mosque premises. “The survey was conducted in accordance with the Varanasi Civil Court’s order to continue the survey despite objections from the mosque authorities.
After the inspection was completed, the Varanasi court ordered Kaushal Raj Sharma, the Varanasi District Magistrate, to “close the area where the Shivling was discovered and prohibit anybody from entering there.”
The DM, police commissioner, and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) commandant Varanasi would be responsible for the security of the sealed area, according to the court’s ruling.
The civil court had appointed a court commissioner to conduct the survey and videography of the site and the same was challenged before Allahabad High Court, which dismissed the appeal on April 21. The April 21 order of the High Court was challenged in the top court.