The Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation, the trust responsible for overseeing construction of the mosque on the 5-acre land in Ayodhya, on Saturday said they will invite Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for the foundation-laying ceremony of public utility facilities to be developed alongside the mosque at Dhannipur village in the district.
The Trust said as per Islam, foundation stone laying is not done for construction of a mosque, so there is no question of calling the Chief Minister for that, but he will be invited for inauguration of four other facilities, including a hospital and a library, on the same plot.
The development comes three days after Adityanath said that if invited for the inauguration of the mosque in Ayodhya, set to be built as part of the Supreme Court’s order last year, he will not go there “as a yogi” and “as a Hindu”, and that he knows no one will invite him.
On Saturday, Athar Hussain, secretary and spokesperson of Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation, said a community kitchen, hospital, research centre (focussing on Indo-Islamic culture) and a publishing house will be built along with the mosque. “There is no foundation-laying ceremony for a mosque. But since we are developing public utility facilities there as well, we will definitely invite him (Adityanath), because he is CM of the people,” he said.
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