Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath spoke on Kashi and Mathura disputes in the State Assembly today (7 February) after welcoming the inauguration of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir in Ayodhya.
The UP CM said, "When celebrations were held in Ayodhya, then Nandi Baba said why should I wait? Without waiting, he made barricades break during the night. And our Krishna Kanhaiya too cannot be convinced."
Yogi Adityanath's statement was met with a huge applause in the State Assembly. The Nandi Baba that Adityanath is referring to is Lord Shiva of the Gyanvapi complex, which recently witnessed many events.
Varanasi court allowed Hindu petitioners to worship at one of the cellars of the Gyanvapi complex's basement and gave seven days to the administration to make necessary arrangements for the puja on 31 January.
However, the puja started in the early morning the next day itself, to which the Anjuman Intezamiya mosque committee objected highlighting "hot haste" for the puja and alleged collusion of the administration with plaintiffs.
Yogi Adityanath's claim that the barricades "got broken" can be linked to this "hot haste". However, the mosque committee's plea was met with refusal by the Allahabad High Court as it did not stop the Hindu side from worshipping at the site.
While Hindus continue worshipping at the place, Varanasi court is also set to hear a plea seeking a survey of all closed cellars at Gyanvapi complex by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on 15 February.
The "Krishna Kanhaiya" that Adityanath is referring to is Lord Krishna of Krishna Janmabhoomi Mandir in Mathura, beside which stands Shahi Idgah mosque, which is also a matter of dispute and is being discussed in courts.
Nishtha Anushree is Senior Sub-editor at Swarajya. She tweets at @nishthaanushree.
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