As fresh row triggered after the BJP came up with a proposal to install a statue of Lod Lakshman outside the historic Teele Waali Masjid in Lucknow,  a Muslim cleric of the mosque in an interview with news agency ANI said on Sunday, July 1, that statue of a grand personality as Lord Laxman should be placed at an equally grand place. Tikonia park is small and is used for offering namaz. Islam doesn’t allow to offer prayers before a statue.

The incident came to light after a proposal was submitted in the Lucknow Municipal Corporation and was represented by BJP legislators – Ramkrishna Yadav and Rajnish Gupta – on Wednesday, June 27.

Yadav, who made the proposal, said that there is no controversy over the matter, as the proposal has been come up with a clear intention. He also further clarified that the statue was a way of establishing Lord Luxman’s great role in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow.

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However, according to Muslims, the mosque was constructed on the order of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb when he visited the city, a report by Swarajya said. 

According to a report published by the quint, the area comes under the Archeological Survey of India (ASI), which means the Lucknow Nigam would need a permit to install the grand statue.

As the demand to install the statue has transcended, many protests have been staged against the Muslim authorities. On the other hand, Muslim Personal Law Board said that the saffron party wants to only create controversy for political gains.

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