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Uttar Pradesh Minister Ompal Nehra Sacked For His 'Appeal' To Muslims

Author: Agencies
Publication: NDTV.com
Date: December 25, 2015
URL:   http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/uttar-pradesh-minister-ompal-nehra-sacked-for-his-appeal-to-muslims-1258886

Uttar Pradesh minister Ompal Nehra has been sacked after his comment that Muslims must give up their claims on mosques in Ayodhya, Mathura and Kashi and help build temples there.

 The minister made the comment last evening at a function in Bijnore. This morning, he was sacked by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

 Mr Nehra had said: "Where can a Ram temple be built if not at Ayodhya? Muslims should help in building a Ram temple in Ayodhya and a Krishna temple in Mathura and give up their claim on mosques there. In fact I would say that Muslims should join Kar Seva (volunteer) for the Ram temple."

 The minister appeared to be referring to a controversy over the Vishwa Hindu Parishad or VHP, gathering truckloads of stones for a temple at the site in Ayodhya where the 16th century Babri mosque was razed by Hindu activists on December 6, 1992.

The VHP, an affiliate of the ruling BJP as part of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-led conglomerate, has campaigned for decades for a temple at the site that they believe was the birthplace of Hindu god Ram.
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