Yogi asks seers for patience on Ram Temple

 Adityanath, according to sources, appealed to the seers to have patience and told them that the government was bound by the constitution. PTI file photo

In an apparent bid to smooth the ruffled feathers of the saint community and prevent a backlash on the issue of Ram Temple construction through a Parliamentary legislation, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday met prominent Hindu seers in Ayodhya and lent full support to their demand for the Ram Temple construction though ''within the constitutional limits''.

Adityanath, according to sources, appealed to the seers to have patience and told them that the government was bound by the constitution.

He, however, said that there ''was, is and will remain'' a Ram Temple in Ayodhya even as he announced to set up a huge statue of Lord Rama on the bank of the sacred Saryu river. 

Adityanath had on Tuesday renamed Faizabad district as Ayodhya, announced an airport after Lord Rama and a medical college after latter's father King Dasharatha but refrained from making any commitment on the contentious issue of Ram Temple.

The saint community, which was expecting a date for the Ram Temple construction, were irked at Adityanath's failure to make any announcement to that effect and had expressed their resentment.

''We only want a Ram Temple...nothing else will satisfy us,'' said a senior Hindu seer in Ayodhya.

Adityanath later told reporters that the saint community was with him and that there was no resentment among them. ''We have the blessings of the seers...they are not angry with us,'' he added.

He said that the government would ''explore'' every alternative on the issue of Ram Temple construction within the ''constitutional framework''.

Sources in the BJP also admitted that the seers were ''angry'' with the saffron party for not bringing a bill in the winter session of Parliament paving the way for Ram Temple construction.

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