AYODHYA: AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi’s Ayodhya visit is embroiled in a poster controversy, with seers threatening to bar him from entering the town over the use of the word “Faizabad” instead of Ayodhya on banners that have sprung up across the district.
Faizabad district was renamed Ayodhya by the Yogi Adityanath government in 2018.
Calling it a polarisation tactic by the Hyderabadi politician and an insult to Ayodhya, seers threatened to stop his “Shoshit Vanchit Samaj Sammelan” if “Faizabad” was not dropped from the posters. Owaisi is scheduled to address a public meeting at Rudauli, a Muslim-dominated constituency 40 km from Ram Janmabhoomi, on September 7 after visiting the shrine of an 18th-century Sufi saint.
Mahant Raju Das of Hanumangarhi said, “Why is Owaisi renaming Ayodhya as Faizabad? We condemn his communal ideology and demand removal of the posters.” Mahant Paramhans Das of Tapasvi Chavni mutt said, “Owaisi’s anti-Hindu move is also an insult to chief minister Yogi Adityanath. If posters bearing the name ‘Faizabad’ are not removed, Owaisi’s entry into Ayodhya district will be barred and the public meeting at Rudauli will be disrupted.”
One of the oldest plaintiffs in the Ayodhya title suit, Iqbal Ansari, too criticised Owaisi. “Muslims should be cautious about Owaisi, who should stick to Hyderabad and not play with the sentiments of lakhs of Muslims in Uttar Pradesh. I appeal to the people not to be influenced by his polarisation tactics.”
Talking to TOI, AIMIM district president Shahnawaz Siddiqui said, “We are habituated to calling Faizabad district by its old name. It takes time for the new name to sink in. This is a minor issue and should not be blown out of proportion.”
Source: Times of India