Right after the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s presence at the Ram Mandi Bhoomi Poojan Ceremony, the ‘secular’ politics has started heating up in India. A petition has been filed in Allahabad High Court requesting the court to put a stay on the Bhoomi Poojan event of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya on August 5. The petition argues a violation of the Unlock 2.0 guidelines by such events.
Filed by Saket Gokhale, a Delhi based lawyer, the petition details that around 200 people are expected to attend the Bhoomi Poojan ceremony which is a clear violation of the Social Distancing guidelines. Interestingly, the petition also sites ban on other religious events like the celebration of Eid-ul-Adha (Bakrid) which is to be conducted on August 1, 2020.
Saket Gokhale also uploaded a copy of the petition on Twitter. He wrote, “I’ve filed a Letter PIL with the Allahabad High Court seeking a stay on the Ram Mandir event in Ayodhya in view of the Unlock 2.0 guidelines & in the interest of public health during a pandemic. Dunno what comes out of it but we must not stop doing the right thing & speaking up.”
Earlier, on Thursday, July 23, Imtiaz Jaleel, the MP from Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM, declared that if Prime Minister goes to the Bhoomi Poojan event, the Muslims of the nation will also organize large gatherings to celebrate Bakrid.