A day after the Supreme Court declined to move any order on an enchantment looking for an pressing keep on the inspection of the Kashi Vishwanath temple-Gyanvapi Mosque advanced, the Congress Saturday spelt out its place on the difficulty and mentioned no try must be made to “change the status of any place of worship”.
The Congress referred to The Places of Worship Act handed by the P V Narasimha Rao authorities in 1991 and mentioned, “We believe that all other places of worship should remain in the status they are and they were.”
The Act handed by the Rao authorities seeks to take care of the “religious character” of locations of worship because it was in 1947 — besides within the case of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, which was already in courtroom. The legislation was introduced in on the peak of the Ram Mandir motion, precisely a yr earlier than the demolition of the Babri Masjid.
Responding to a query at a press convention, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram mentioned, “The Places of Worship Act was passed after deep consideration in Narasimha Rao’s government. The only exception in that Act was to the Ram Janmabhoomi. We believe that all other places of worship should remain in the status they are and they were. We should not make an attempt to change the status of any place of worship. That will only lead to huge conflict and it is to avoid such conflicts that the Narasimha Rao government had passed the Places of Worship Act.”
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In March, the Supreme Couppt requested the Central authorities to reply to a plea difficult the Places of Worship (Special Provisions) Act, 1991.