Chandigarh: The issue of open prayers in Gurugram in Haryana also echoed in the winter session of the state assembly. Replying to a question by Congress MLA Aftab Ahmed, CM Manohar Lal Khattar said it is not right to incite the sentiments of other communities by showing strength. According to the report, during Zero Hour on Tuesday (December 21, 2021), Congress MLA Ahmed raised the issue of opposition from Hindu organisations when Muslims offered open prayers in Gurugram.
The Congress MLA said, "Some elements are constantly disrupting Friday prayers. The Constitution has allowed all to follow their religions. No one has the right to disrupt prayers. Thousands of crores of rupees have been invested in Gurugram. The city is a symbol of development. If no one is able to pray of his own free will, what will be the message?'' In response, CM Manohar Lal Khattar said, "People of all religions pray only at shrines like temples, mosques, gurudwaras and churches. In addition, open prayers are allowed on the occasion of all major festivals. But the display of strength which provokes the sentiments of the other community is not correct.'' According to CM Khattar, no one should hold such an open event. It is the responsibility of all of us to maintain a peaceful atmosphere.
CM Khattar expressed happiness that people have agreed to Friday prayers at a certain place and this is agreed upon till the new system is implemented. At the same time, Khattar termed the issue of open prayers as a local controversy and said that the issue should not be fanned, otherwise it could disturb communal harmony.