Lucknow, July 1: As the Yogi Adityanath government has courted another controversy after it proposed to install a giant statue of Lord Lakshman in a park in front of Teele Wali Masjid in Hussainabad in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow, the Muslim community argued that installing a Hindu deity’s statue will obstruct their prayer service.
The proposal is due to be presented in the state assembly soon.
The proposal has, however, drawn flak from the Muslim community with clerics saying that installing a Hindu deity’s statue will obstruct their prayer service. “Statue of a grand personality as Lord Laxman should be put at an equally grand place.Tikonia park is small and used for offering’Namaz’. Islam doesn’t allow to offer prayers before a statue,” said Maulana Fazl-e-Mannan of Teele Wali Masjid.
Statue of a grand personality as Lord Laxman should be put at an equally grand place.Tikonia park is small&used for offering'Namaz'. Islam doesn't allow to offer prayers before a statue: Imam,Teele Wali Masjid on gvt's plans to install Lord Laxman statute near the masjid #Lucknow pic.twitter.com/eZNgWPyac0
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The controversy broke out when former BJP MP from Lucknow Lal Ji Tandon claimed in his book titled ‘Ankaha Lucknow’ that the age-old Teele Wali Masjid was originally ‘Lakshman Teela.’The BJP leaders said that a statue should be installed to honour the feelings of the people and the significance that Lord Laxman holds in the history of the city.
The proposal was submitted by two BJP legislators – Ramkrishna Yadav and Rajnish Gupta on June 27. The committee approved the proposal on the grounds that the place was earlier called ‘Lakshman Teela’ and that Lucknow was earlier called Lakhanpuri—the name derived from Lakshman.