AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi expressed dissatisfaction with the political discourse surrounding the upcoming inauguration of the Ram temple in Ayodhya on January 22. His remarks were prompted by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s statement that the temple construction fulfils his late father’s dream.
Thackeray, speaking to reporters, stated, “Construction of Ram temple was also my father’s dream. It is a moment of happiness that the temple is being constructed today.” He also mentioned plans for a grand ceremony on January 22 with a maha aarti on the banks of River Godavari.
Owaisi criticized the shift in focus from the Babri Masjid demolition on December 6, calling it an “egregious criminal act.”
“No political party is talking about December 6, the egregious criminal act of demolishing a centuries old Masjid. The whole conversation is now about whether they’ll attend or not. The message to Indian Muslims is clear. We are expected to know our “aukaat” in today’s India. We are expected to acquiesce silently,” he said in a post on X.
“It is shameful that the demolition is being elevated as a moment of national pride. December 6 is a black day for Indian democracy. It is a black day for the values of our freedom movement. It is a black day for the rule of law,” Owaisi said.
On January 10, Owaisi appealed to the youth of the Muslim community, urging them to be vigilant about the activities of the BJP-led Centre.
“Young people, I am telling you, we have lost our Masjid and you are seeing what is being done there. Don’t you have pain in your hearts ?” he said.