Hyderabad, October 6: Hyderabad City Congress Committee (HCCC) Minorities Department Chairman Sameer Waliullah on Tuesday demanded that Chief Minister K.Chandrashekhar Rao announce the dates for laying the foundation stone for re-construction of demolished mosques and a temple in the Secretariat premises.
“CM KCR had announced on the floor of the House on September 9 that he would lay the foundation stone for re-build of two mosques and one temple in the Secretariat premises after the end of monsoon session of Legislative Assembly. The session came to an end on September 15. Later, it was hinted that the foundation stone will be laid in the first week of October. Five days have already passed and there is no sign of CM KCR honouring his promise,” Sameer Waliullah said in a media statement.
Sameer pointed out that the Chief Minister was openly misleading the people on the issue.”Two days after the illegal demolition of Secretariat mosques and a temple, the Chief Minister issued a statement on 10th July expressing regret. He even gave an impression that the demolition of mosques and temple was not intentional and they got damaged accidentally due to the falling debris of other buildings during the demolition. Despite the fact that sentiments of both Muslims and Hindus were hurt due to the demolition of their places of worship, he got two mosques and a temple razed to the ground. Again on 5th September, he assured a delegation of Muslim leaders which met him at Pragathi Bhavan that his government will re-build the places of worship and lay the foundation stone after Assembly session. Even after 90 days, there are no signs that the two mosques and one temple which were demolished will be reconstructed,” he said.
Sameer demanded that the Chief Minister must announce the date for laying the foundation stone for the two mosques in the next two-three days and hold the ceremony on coming Friday. Else, he said that the Muslim leaders of Congress and other parties would resume prayers at the same sites in the Secretariat premises from coming Friday onwards.
Sameer also condemned the State Wakf Board for not lodging a formal complaint against the demolition of two mosques in the Secretariat premises even after 90 days. “The land of Masjid-e-Moatamadi and Masjid-e-Hashmi belonged to the Wakf Board and it has been illegally encroached upon by the Roads & Buildings Department of Telangana Government. It is highly shameful that the Wakf Board not only failed in protecting the mosques, but also failed in taking legal action against the illegal encroachment,” he said.