Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi Friday expressed that Muslims who are against construction of Ram Janmabhoomi Temple should go to Pakistan or Bangladesh and join ISIS, according to a report in The Times of India.
“Those who are secular have never been against the temple. Those who are opposing Ram Janmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya and want to build Babri Mosque at the site should go to Pakistan or Bangladesh. There is no place for fundamentalist Muslims in India,” Rizvi said, speaking to reporters.
The Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chairman also offered prayers at the disputed site in Ayodhya and also met the chief priest of the Ram Janambhoomi, Acharya Satyendra Das. The controversial dispute of Babri Masjid/Ram Janambhoomi is scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court from February 8.
“Those who want to spread Jihad in the name of the mosque must go and join the forces of Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the Islamic State chief in Syria,” said Rizvi.
Fundamentalist Muslim clerics are trying to destroy the country, he alleged, adding that, they must migrate to Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Reacting to Rizvi’s remarks, Shia clerics demanded that he be arrested for trying to communalise the atmosphere.
Talking to PTI, president of Shia Ulema Council Maulana Iftekhar Hussain Inquilabi alleged, “Rizvi is a criminal involved in grabbing and illegal selling of Waqf properties.”
“He has been charge-sheeted by the CB-CID and to save himself from the claws of the law, he is enacting a big drama,” he said.
“During the rule of the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, he was patronised by Mulayam Singh Yadav and then minister Azam Khan. Now, during the BJP government, he wants to be spared,” Inquilabi said.