Yechury flays Bhoomi Pujan as negation of secular, democratic character of republic

NEW DELHI, Aug 5: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Wednesday objected to the ‘Bhoomi Pujan’ function at Ayodhya, in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation for Ram Mandir here as a “negation of the secular democratic character of the Indian Republic”.

“This ‘bhumi pujan’ function is a naked exploitation of people’s religious sentiments for partisan, political purposes and brazenly violates the letter and spirit of the Indian Constitution,” party General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said in a series of tweets.

On the role of the Uttar Pradesh Government, he said the state, taking over the construction of the temple in the presence of Governor Ananiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was a “negation of the secular democratic character of the Indian Republic”.

It was also a violation of the Supreme Court verdict that directed the temple construction to be undertaken by a Trust, he added.

He alleged that the ‘Bhumi Pujan’ provided “retrospective legitimisation for the destruction of the Babri Masjid”.

The SC verdict had described the demolition as an “egregious violation of law” and called for punishment of those, who committed this act. But, the construction had begun before any such punishment, he added.

The CPI(M) chief further termed the telecast as a clear violation of the COVID protocol, stipulated by the Union Home Ministry, prohibiting religious gatherings.

He lamented that the ‘bhoomi pujan’ function at Ayodhya, performed by the Prime Minister and televised globally by the national broadcaster Doordarshan, has confirmed all the major points raised by the CPI(M) Polit Bureau on Tuesday. (UNI)