Haryana Chief Minister (CM) Manohar Lal Khattar said the practice of offering namaz in open spaces would not be tolerated, reports India time.
“Ye namaz padhne ki prathayein jo khule mein hui hai, ye katayi bhi sahan nahi ki jayegi. Lekin isme se saath baith kar ke amicable solution nikala jayega (The custom of reading namaz in open public spaces will not be tolerated but an amicable solution will be found through discussions) ”, declared CM Khattar , cited in the report.
Khattar was in Gurugram to chair a meeting of the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority.
The Haryana CM said the Gurugram administration has been advised that this issue needs to be addressed.
Khattar also referred to talks in 2018, after which a government committee designated some namaz sites and some decisions were made in the past but have now been retracted.
“In their own space, someone is reading namaz, someone is doing paath, someone is doing puja, we have no problem with that. Religious places are created for this reason, for people to go there and do all these things, such programs cannot take place in the open air (public spaces), ”Khattar said.
He asserted that no conflict would be allowed on this issue and said, “No one should interfere with someone else’s rights, but no one will be allowed to force their way.”
It should be noted that protests are organized by Hindu activists and local residents across the city every Friday for the past two months at designated open namaz sites.