Samajwadi Party leader Ompal Nehra has been removed from the post of adviser to the Uttar Pradesh Entertainment Tax Department by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, just two months after he was appointed.
The move comes two days after Nehra appealed to Muslims to support construction of temples in Ayodhya and Mathura.
The 68-year-old, who hails from Bijnor district and claims to have been associated with party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav “for a long time”, had been given the status of minister of state along with the government post.
Confirming the development, Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan said, “The Chief Minister ordered the removal of Nehra, so all the officers concerned have been informed. No official reason has been cited for the decision.”
Nehra said he was informed about his removal as well withdrawal of all facilities on Friday. He told The Indian Express that he had no regrets about what he had said and strongly believed in the “third option” provided by him as a “solution”.
He had said, “Where can a Ram temple be built if not in Ayodhya? It is an emotional issue. In Mathura, where we worship Krishna, how can there be a mosque there? Muslims should think about it and in fact come forward for Kar Seva.”
Clarifying his statement, Nehra said, “The dispute over temple construction could not be solved through mutual understanding, even court procedure is becoming lengthy, so I suggested this third option.”