Ayodhya priest stands by SP, says don’t want temple stained in blood

Stating that that only two CMs — Akhilesh in UP and Nitish Kumar in Bihar — were doing good work, he said he wants Akhilesh to retain power in the 2017 Assembly polls.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: August 7, 2016 3:38 am
Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav with Mahant Gyan Das in Lucknow, Saturday. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav) Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav with Mahant Gyan Das in Lucknow, Saturday. (Source: Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)

Mahant Gyan Das, the chief priest of Hanuman Garhi in Ayodhya, Saturday said he does not want “a Ram temple stained with blood”. Stating that the Ram temple will be constructed in Ayodhya “when Lord Ram wishes for it,” he, however, said that “organisations like Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) will never get it built”.

He said while some organisations, including the VHP, were “running their business” in the name of Ram temple, there were others who were trying to reap “political benefits” from the issue. The Mahant, who also heads the All India Akhara Parishad, was speaking at a function held at Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s residence in Lucknow.

Gyan Das claimed that he and Hashim Ansari, the oldest litigant in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title suit who died recently, were close to reaching a mutual consensus for an out-of-court settlement of the dispute. It couldn’t be taken to its logical end as “some organisations did not let it happen,” he alleged.

The Mahant said that while all the people living in the country were “Hindustani”, a few hardliners were making people fight in the name of caste and religion.

Praising the Samajwadi Party government, Mahant said it has done more for the Sanskrit schools than any other previous government. Mahant alleged that earlier BJP led government under Rajnath Singh had stopped the salary of Sanskrit teachers.

Stating that that only two CMs – Akhilesh in UP and Nitish Kumar in Bihar – were doing good work, he said he wants Akhilesh to retain power when the state goes to polls early next year.

Meanwhile, Akhilesh said bhajans are being sung and chaupais recited at CM’s residence here, which could never be imagined during the previous government.

Akhilesh further said, that some time religion and politics move simultaneously and it becomes difficult to differentiate between the path of religion and path of politics. He, however, said that if religion and politics were mixed, its consequences could be disastrous.

Earlier, Akhilesh and Gyan Das pressed the button to lay the foundation stone of “Bhajan Sandhya Sthal” in Ayodhya. Akhilesh also distributed subsidy cheques of Rs 50,000 to each of to 89 pilgrims who returned from Kailash Mansarovar Yatra and Rs 10,000 to each of the 74 pilgrims who returned from Sindhu Darshan Yatra.

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