UP minister says Ram Temple before 2019 polls

The disputed structure in Ayodhya was demolished by the 'karsevaks' on December 6, 1992. PTI file photo

Apparently upping the ante days before the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) sponsored 'dharm sabhas' at Ayodhya, Bengaluru and Nagpur, a senior Uttar Pradesh minister declared that construction of Ram Temple would begin before the next Lok Sabha polls in 2019 and that chief minister Yogi Adityanath would lay its foundation stone.

''Ram Temple construction will start before 2019 LS polls...there is no doubt about it...Yogi Adityanathji will lay its foundation stone,'' UP Minister for Religious Affairs and senior BJP leader Chaudhary Luxmi Narayan said on Friday.

Incidentally, Adityanath himself has sought to stay away from making any commitment on the temple and maintained that the government would do whatever possible for it within the constitutional limits.

The minister's remarks were preceded by firebrand saffron leader and BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj's statement that Ram Temple construction could begin from December 6 this year. 

Incidentally, the disputed structure in Ayodhya was demolished by the 'karsevaks' on December 6, 1992. The VHP celebrates the day as 'Shaurya Diwas' (bravery day), while the Muslim outfits observe 'Black Day' on the day.

BJP leaders and ministers have been speaking differently on the Ram Temple issue. UP Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma even said that his party had left the issue to be decided by Lord Rama himself. ''Ram Temple will be built if and when Lord Rama wants it to be built,'' Sharma recently said.

 

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