Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has sacked minister Ompal Nehra after his controversial remark that Muslims must give up their claims on mosques in Ayodhya, Mathura and Kashi and help build temples there instead.
Nehra, who is believed to be close to Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, made the comment last evening at a function in Bijnore. He was sacked this morning.
Nehra had said: "Where can a Ram temple be built if not at Ayodhya? Muslims should help in building a Ram temple in Ayodhya and a Krishna temple in Mathura and give up their claim on mosques there. In fact I would say that Muslims should join Kar Seva (volunteer) for the Ram temple."
The minister seemed to have made the remark in the context of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) gathering truckloads of stones for a temple at the site in Ayodhya where the 16th century Babri mosque was demolished by Hindu activists on December 6, 1992.