GURGAON: Spelling out his authorities’s stand clearly for the primary time since protests started within the metropolis two months in the past, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday stated the apply of providing namaz within the open “won’t be tolerated”. On the identical time, he added, an “amicable resolution” must be discovered.
Within the metropolis to chair a gathering of Gurugram Metropolitan Improvement Authority, on a day when right-wing outfits had been out in numbers to cease namaz congregations at a number of websites, the CM stated, “ Ye namaz padhne ki prathayein jo khule mein hui hai, ye katayi bhi sahan nahi ki jayegi. Lekin isme se saath baith kar ke amicable resolution nikala jayega (the customized of studying namaz within the open won’t be tolerated however an amicable resolution might be discovered via discussions).”
Chatting with journalists on the PWD Relaxation Home, Khattar stated police in addition to the Gurgaon administration had been instructed that “this problem must be resolved”.
“In their very own house, somebody reads the namaz, somebody does paath, somebody does puja, we now have no downside with that. Non secular locations are made for that reason, so that individuals go there and do all these items, such programmes can not occur within the open (public areas),” the CM stated.
Referring to the talks in 2018 after which namaz websites had been designated by a authorities committee, he stated some choices had been made previously however have been retracted now. “The matter might be mentioned anew,” he stated.
The CM’s remarks come simply two days after an outfit shaped by some Muslim residents of town – Gurgaon Muslim Council – together with members of the civil society described the continuing protests as a risk to town’s social material and half of a bigger design to make minorities “invisible”.
It’s not the primary time, although, that the CM has expressed his opinion on this topic. Throughout comparable protests in 2018, he had stated namaz ought to be learn in mosques, idgahs or non-public areas.
On Friday, Khattar stated a number of people from the Muslim neighborhood had knowledgeable authorities about land accessible with them and sought permission to learn namaz there. He stated there may be land as nicely that belongs to personal people or the Waqf Board, which is encroached, and the administration is exploring “how that may be made accessible to them”.
The CM emphasised no “battle” might be allowed on the difficulty. “We won’t let battle occur underneath any circumstances. No person ought to intervene in anyone else’s rights, however no person might be allowed to power their approach,” he stated.
Protests have, nevertheless, been organised each Friday for the final couple of months, resulting in heavy police deployment round namaz websites. Protesters have been detained twice. Within the meantime, bhajan recitals, havans and a puja have been carried out at designated namaz websites to cease Friday prayers. Whereas right-wing outfits have led the protests, some native residents have additionally joined in.
Lately, outfits concerned in talks to re-designate namaz websites – together with a Muslim group, MRM – launched an inventory of six spots the place Friday prayers can be allowed. The Gurgaon Muslim Council rejected the checklist, alleging a conspiracy and mentioning that MRM (Muslim Rashtriya Manch) had allegiance to the RSS.

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