(From the Times of India, print edition)
Karuna pooh-poohs sadhus’ ‘fatwa’
Ayodhya Mahant Offers Gold To Man Who Can Behead CM For ‘Ram Insult’
Lucknow: Tamil Nadu chief minister Karunanidhi’s anti-Ram tirade has generated holy rage in Ayodhya. First, sadhus from different sects joined hands to launch a campaign against the ‘Ramdrohi’ and then took to the streets. Now, a powerful lobby of mahants has taken a leaf out of the book of fatwa-happy maulvis and former UP minister Yaqoob Qureshi, who had announced a bounty for the killing of a Danish cartoonist who lampooned the Prophet.
They have publicly issued a “dharmadesh” (religious diktat) to behead the CM for calling Ram a “piyakkad” (drunkard). Quoting from religious scriptures, a Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas member Ram Vilasdas Vedanti, also a former BJP MP, made an offer “to weigh in gold any person who brings Karunanidhi’s head to Ayodhya”. The diktat, he said, had been issued after “due deliberation from the saint community of the temple town”.