INDIA: The AIMIM President, Asaduddin Owaisi, writes to PM Modi seeking his intervention to protect Modern India by defending the Places of Worship Act, as it upholds India’s diversity.
Amid the ongoing hearing over petitions challenging the constitutionality of the Places of Worship Act, 1991, the Hyderabad MP urges Modi to defend the sanctity of this solemn legislation.
Owaisi, in his statement, clarified that “The Act represents the idea that one cannot endlessly litigate against history. Modern India cannot be the battleground for resolving mediaeval disputes. It puts an end to unnecessary religious disputes and protects India’s religious diversity. Therefore, I urge you to defend the sanctity of this solemn legislation.”
The prime motive of Owaisi is to alarm the Prime Minister with his general duty of defending the constitutionality of any parliamentary legislation.
While discussing the Act, Owaisi reminded everyone that it was decided by Parliament to protect the character of places of worship as they took a stand on August 15, 1947. The main purpose behind such a provision was to protect the diversity and harmony of India.
He further added, “The cut-off date of August 15, 1947, the date of India’s independence, was intended by Parliament to ensure that independent India did not suffer from religious disputes that cause perpetual divisions in society.”
As per Owaisi’s statement, the MP wanted India to live in harmony and that religious belief should not be a barrier to humanity.
However, years back, former BJP MP Subramanian Swamy and advocates Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay and Chandra Shekhar moved to the apex court of jurisdiction challenging the decision against the provisions of this law.
The conflict was caused by the litigation over the Ayodhya land dispute. The entire judgement was made by a three-judge bench of CJI UU Lalit, Justices Ajay Rastogi and Ravindra S, before which the matter will be heard on Nov 14.