The saffron robed BJP leader, one of the accused in the Babri demolition case of 1992, says she expects Prime Minister and UP Chief Minister to “take a bold step”.
AYODHYA — Hindutva leaders have recently taken up the issue of Ram temple construction once again as general elections are approaching. Knowing well that they have not delivered on the promises made during the previous general elections of 2014, Hindutva brigade are out to raise age-old Ram temple-Babri Majid issue to play with the sentiments of innocent people.
Joining the growing chorus for an early construction of a grand Ram temple here, Union Minister Uma Bharti on Tuesday said she expected Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to “take a bold step”.
Talking to reporters after praying at the Hanumangarhi temple and the Ram Janmabhoomi, the saffron robed BJP leader however clarified that while she was for an early construction of the temple, she will not set any deadline for the same. “I hope that an early decision is taken in the direction of realizing this national dream but will not set a timetable,” she said.
Uma Bharti, One of the accused in the Babri demolition case of 1992, also said that millions of people had sacrificed a lot for the temple and pointed out that the court has also said that what was being considered a disputed land was indeed the birthplace of Lord Rama. Now it is just a matter of deciding on ownership of the land, she added further.
She also requested the media and other sections of the society not to link the construction of the Ram temple with the 2019 general elections.
Former Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Pravin Togadia on Tuesday targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the delay in construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya said he will wait till October this year before launching a massive agitation to press for a grand shrine on the ruins of the Babri mosque.
He also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of cheating people in the name of Lord Ram.
“Our patience is running out and if by October a law is not enacted for construction of a Ram temple, we will have to find another alternative,” said Togadia while talking to media.
The Vishva Hindu Parishad’s working president Alok Kumar on Monday indicated it may restart its movement for Ram Temple in Ayodhya, saying the organisation will consult saints on the “future course of action” if the Supreme Court does not give its verdict on the issue in next three to four months.
Addressing the media on the organisation council meeting in Delhi, he said they want temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya “lawfully” but if the issue “hangs in the court for more than three months then we will consult saints for the future course of action.”
(With inputs from agencies)