Hyderabad: Vehemently opposing the Uttar Pradesh government plans to erect a 100 metres Lord Ram statue in Ayodha, All India Majlis-e-ittehadul Muslimeen president and MP Asaduddin Owaisi quoting a recent Supreme Court ruling said that tax payers money cannot be used for such religious purposes.
Addressing a public meeting in Meerut on Saturday, Owaisi said that Supreme Court, while dealing the Muslim religious structures demolition case of 2002 Gujarat riots, questioned how can public money be used to compensate for reconstruction of any religious institutions. The Apex court set aside the Gujarat High Court order which allowed State government to release the compensation for damaged religious sites, he added.
When public money cannot be used for the repair and reconstruction of religious structures which were demolished during the riots, then how can UP Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath can use it for the erection of a statue of Lord Ram, he said.
Owaisi also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for providing jobs to the 15 accused of Akhlaq Murder case in NTPC on contractual basis and sought to know how can be they be allowed to work in an institution which is run by Union government.
The MIM leader said Yogi government has failed on the all fronts and UP government was not even able to provide basic medical facilities to new born babies resulting in the deaths of hundreds of babies in Gorakhpur.