Status of places of worship should not be changed: Congress as Gyanvapi mosque survey begins

The Congress on Saturday said places of worship should be left as they are because any change in status quo would lead to conflict.

“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 conflict that the Narasimha Rao government passed the Places of Worship Act,” senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said responding to a question at a press conference.

Chidambaram’s remarks came a day after the Supreme Court refused to stay the inspection of the Kashi Vishwanath temple-Gyanvapi mosque complex in Varanasi.

On Friday, the Supreme Court refused to grant an interim stay of status quo on the survey.

The court has agreed to hear listing of a plea by the Muslim party against the survey.

A bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices J K Maheswari and Hima Kohli was told by senior advocate Huzefa Ahmadi, appearing for the Muslim side in the Gyanvapi mosque case, that the plea has been filed against the survey being conducted at the Varanasi site.

Meanwhile, an Indian Express report stated that one leader at Congress Chintan Shivir said the party should avoid any reference to the Gyanvapi survey but many argued “we have to clarify where we stand.”