The new secretariat complex in the state of Telangana will have two mosques, one temple and a church reads an official release from Chief Minister Chandrashekar Rao’s office. This announcement comes in the backdrop of increasing opposition from religious communities over the High Court judgement giving clearance to the ruling government to demolish the religious buildings to build the new secretariat. This ruling was followed by a meeting between the Hyderabad MP led delegation including representative candidates from, All India Muslim Personal Law Board which demanded the reconstruction of the mosques. The Telangana division of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad also sent out open letters to the Chief Minister’s office displaying their disagreement with the move of the state to pull apart places of worship and even sought action against those who carried forth the plan of action.
Statements given by historians regarding the two mosques and the temple detail them as important religious structures. The Masjid-e-Hashmi located on the D block of the Secretariat was built back in 1889 by the Nizams while the Dafaatir-e-Muatamad masjid was built during the early Congress rule.
Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao had previously conveyed his regrets over the destruction caused to places of worship as a result of the construction in July and promised to take steps to restore the same.
AIMM leader, Asaduddin Owaisi confirmed the government’s decision stating that, “The two mosques will be reconstructed, each in 750 years, at the same location, including one Imam quarters at the same spot where the older mosques stood. The temple too will be reconstructed and the foundation stone for all three would hopefully be laid down on the same day.”