Indore: Senior VHP leader Acharya Dharmendra on Monday supported the demand for asking Muslim community members to refrain from offering prayers at the controversial Bhojshala in Dhar on the occasion of Basant Panchami on February 15.
"We strongly demand that the state government should not allow offering of Namaaz at the Bhojshala on February 15," Acharya Dharmendra told media persons.
Taking a dig at BJP government in Madhya Pradesh, he said, "Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has not been able to fulfill his duties. It is time for him to see his reflection in a mirror (what he was and what he is now)."
According to an Archaeological Survey of India order, Hindus are allowed to pray at the disputed site every Tuesday and on Basant Panchami while Muslims can pray there every Friday. The "Jumma prayers" are offered between 1pm and 3pm.
The order also spells out that if Basant Panchami falls on a Friday, as it does this year, Hindus will have the right to offer prayers from 7 in the morning but will have to vacate the premises between 1pm and 3pm to let Muslims offer prayers.
Acharya Dharmendra claimed that the statue of Goddess Vaghdevi will be brought to India and installed at Bhojshala and 'no force can prevent it' from happening.
The VHP leader also held a large meeting of VHP activists and saffron workers asking them to support the cause. He also declared plans to hold a religious congregation in the city over the issue on Tuesday.
The demand for allowing Hindus to perform prayers uninterrupted was also raised by a delegation of Saraswati Janmotsav Samiti on January 19.