“Foundation stone for Gyanvapi”: Hindus applaud the decision, Muslims consider their options

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In Varanasi and other areas of Uttar Pradesh, there were celebrations after a district court on Monday rejected the Muslim side’s argument in the Gyanvapi mosque dispute and decided in favour of the five Hindu women worshippers who had asked for permission to worship Hindu deities every day. The petition filed by Hindu women was deemed “maintainable” by the court. The Muslim side’s representative, the Anjuman Intezamia Committee, announced that they would now file a petition with the Allahabad High Court to contest the lower court’s ruling.

“The Hindu community has won. On September 22, there will be another hearing. It serves as the temple of Gyanvapi’s cornerstone. Sohan Lal Arya, a petitioner on the Hindu side of the Gyanvapi Mosque issue, made an appeal to the populace to uphold peace.

Senior members of the state’s BJP-led government have begun to respond as well. Keshav Prasad Maurya, deputy chief minister, said: “I applaud the verdict of the honourable court in the Maa Shringar Gauri Mandir matter. Everyone should accept the decision.”

It’s their right (to dispute the order in the high court), but we’ll follow the ruling and improve the law and order in the state, according to another deputy chief minister, Brajesh Pathak.

Danish Azad Ansari, a minority minister, stressed that everyone should respect the decision. “A court considers all arguments before reaching a decision. We should all respect and adhere to the court’s decision, according to Ansari, as reported by the news agency ANI.

The Varanasi court was hearing the case as a result of a Supreme Court order, and the district judge had last month deferred his decision in the highly charged case until September 12.

Mohd Sameem Mohd, a supporter of the Muslim side, predicted that the case will continue. “We had argued that the matter on the list wasn’t important enough to hear. Today, our appeal was rejected. We’ll go up to the top court right away. The case has only just begun; it will continue.

Maulana Khalid Rasheed of Firangi Mahali in Lucknow commented on the court’s decision in a statement to Hindustan Times, saying, “In the Babri Masjid case… the Supreme Court had given us the hope that all concerns pertaining to temples and mosques have been addressed. Despite this, we shall investigate the directives that have been issued and consult with our legal team of professionals.

The Muslim side refuted the Hindu side’s claim that a Shivling was discovered during the videographic study of the Gyanvapi mosque-Shringar Gauri complex. The 22nd of September has been set aside for the case’s subsequent hearing.