New Delhi, Oct 13: The Congress Party on Sunday alleged that the Akhilesh Yadav-led Uttar Pradesh Government was attempting to cover up their Home Secretary Sarvesh Chandra Mishra’s blunder of writing a letter asking for the “reconstruction” of the Ram temple at Ayodhya by handing him a transfer order as a distraction.
“First they said it is a spelling mistake, and it was an error on the part of the typist and the author of the letter. It is not a private or confidential letter. It is an official letter which has been faxed and emailed. By this, it is clear that the environment in Uttar Pradesh is one of dividing people on communal lines. …Whatever had to be done has been done now, suspension orders are in the right of the state. This is nothing new. Sometimes, there is even a fixing of suspension orders,” Congress spokesperson Raj Babbar said.
“This is not the first time, this has been happening throughout. …It is unfortunate that there is an attempt to cover up the incident with a suspension order,” he added.
Earlier, the Uttar Pradesh government had transferred Home Secretary Sarvesh Chandra Mishra and suspended another official, Prem Kumar Pandey, after a letter, dated Oct er 9, had asked for the “reconstruction” of the Ram temple at Ayodhya.
According to media reports, the letter had also asked for a meeting of top state officials on the matter on Oct er 14.
Meanwhile, the Samajwadi Party-led Uttar Pradesh government had earlier classified the incident as a ‘misprint’, and tried to do some damage control by saying the meeting referred to in the letter was actually in connection to an event organized by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Oct er 19.
On Saturday, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Agarwal clarified that the Uttar Pradesh Government is not planning to rebuild the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, but had called a meeting to discuss arrangements ahead of upcoming festivals.
“It must a mistake. The state government has filed a fresh memorandum, and there was never a meeting convened to discuss the Ram Temple. All the meetings held these days are about the arrangements by the management for Diwali, Dusshera and Bakr-eid.
There is no discussion regarding the temple building,” he said.
“Moreover, when the Supreme Court has put a stay order on the Ram Temple, why will the Uttar Pradesh Government call a meeting in this regard? The U.P. Government is not against any particular community and religion,” he added.
According to reports, the communique issued by Satish Chandra Mishra instructed the DGP and other senior police officers to attend a meeting convened on Monday evening in connection with the ‘enactment of a law in Parliament for construction of a temple at Shri Ramjanmabhoomi on the lines of the reconstruction of Somnath Mandir’.
The meeting of senior law enforcement officers and bureaucrats was convened to review the law and order situation in Faizabad District ahead of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s (VHP’s) proposed Sankalp Diwas related event on Oct er 18.
The state government, however, said that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss VHP’s fresh plan to revive its temple campaign. (ANI)