Ayodhya takes centrestage ahead of Uttar Pradesh polls

Ayodhya: Minister checks museum sites, says politics not on agenda, others raise temple demand.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Ayodhya | Updated: October 19, 2016 8:12 am
 Ayodhya, babri masjid, ayodhya case, babri masjid kaand, uttar pradesh elections, ram mandir, up polls, ramayan museum, Ram Janmabhoomi, ram temple, babri masjid verdict, indian express news, india news, latest news Mahesh Sharma with Nritya Gopal Das in Ayodhya. PTI photo

With Ayodhya looking set to occupy centrestage in the Uttar Pradesh elections next year, Union Minister of State for Tourism Mahesh Sharma on Tuesday checked two sites for a proposed Ramayan museum in the temple town. “The beginning has been made and we have got the directives from Ram Lala,” he said.

While he was silent on the Ram temple issue, despite prodding by Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas chairman Nritya Gopal Das who raised the demand for construction of Ram temple on priority, Sharma said, “Mann ban chuka hai, mahaul ban chuka hai (we have made up our mind, a conducive atmosphere has also been created)…. We are the Lord’s children, and so have to do his work of spreading education.”

Sharma offered prayers at the makeshift Ram temple and met Nritya Gopal Das before visiting the two proposed museum sites, of which the Tourism Department will select one.

Das said, “There is a government of Ram Bhakts at the Centre. They have focused on Ayodhya, and have thus sent Sharma here.” Sharma did not comment on the statement.

The proposed museum will showcase the life of Ram and the epic Ramayan through videos and laser shows, it was informed.

Reiterating the Centre’s decision to set up the museum soon, Sharma maintained that there should not be any politics behind the project.

Addressing a gathering of BJP and VHP workers and sants at Karsevakpuram later, Sharma said, “Hum rajneeti mein Ram ko nahin lana chahte (we do not want to get Ram in politics).”

About the Akhilesh Yadav government’s decision to develop a theme park under the International Ramleela Centre project, the minister said that the UP chief minister has finally got “sadbuddhi (good sense)” and is taking Ram’s name with only a couple of months left for the elections.

Following a meeting with district administration officials, Sharma visited a 13-acre site near International Ram Katha Sangrahalya for the proposed museum project. He later inspected another 28-acre plot near the national highway, which is around 7 km from the city. He said a committee of experts will examine both sites and decide on the suitable place to set up the Ramayan museum.

He said the the Centre allocated Rs 85 crore for the project and work will start once the site is finalised. Asked about his visit so close to the Assembly polls, Sharma said the project was announced a year ago and fund was sanctioned two months ago.

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    Qalandar
    Oct 19, 2016 at 4:51 am
    These foolish problems would never have occured if muslims had shown a bit of tolerance and understanding. The temple site is diapilated, no namaz are offered. Muslims dont even go there. As for demolishing mosques, temples etc, it is going on all over the world, in S. Arabia, Iraq, India or Europe purely on the basis of development and not emotional fanaticism. Imagine, if the muslim community had graciously given up their claim, the amount of overwhelming graude and big boost to community relations. Now their rabid leaders are simply mucking up the watrers for their own benefit and the rabid leaders of fanatical hindu outfits are also taking advantage of it. It is the ordinary muslim/hindu who suffers for completely useless fight.
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      Mathura
      Oct 19, 2016 at 7:50 am
      From vikas purush to surgical purush to Ram bharose. Great development from election to election
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        alam
        Oct 19, 2016 at 5:02 am
        THIS IS REAL VIKAS . VIKAS KE NAAM PER VOTE MANGA 3 SAAL BAAD KOI NAYA ISSUE CHAHIYE ... NAHIN MILA ? lt;br/gt;NO PROBLEM GADE MURDE FIR NIKALO AUR AAM JANTA KO BEWAKOOF BANAO...lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;AUR HAMARE PAID MEDIA KE PAAS 90 CRORE KISAANO KE LIYE KUTCH NAHIN HAI..lt;br/gt;KISAANO KI ATMAHATYA BADH RAHI HAI LEKIN ....PAID MEDIA ELECTION KI TAYYARI KAR RAHA HAI
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          Nirmal Kumar
          Oct 19, 2016 at 12:29 pm
          Better late than never! Even if the BJP government is trying to exploit the situation close to the U.P election for the Hindu votes, at least they are looking to the Hindus for their success, and not to other communities, which indicates that they trust in the Hindu ethos, the Hindu solidarity, and the Hindu fellow-feeling, thereby making us, Hindus, feel that blood is thicker than water--- whenever a knee bends it moves towards the bosom wherein lies and lives "Hindutva" and Hindu sentiments that this party somehow represents.
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            dhiraj
            Oct 19, 2016 at 4:22 am
            Ashok Mazumdar or Muzumdar......Satyaki..or kisaki...why you are making fuss...he just made a statement and you need not have to reply him such way....It shows how you both are GOBAR(in your way) ...... thank you
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              Raj
              Oct 19, 2016 at 7:21 am
              Why bother with a temple? Seek Ram in your hearts, not the stones. Times have changed, development is the key to India's future, not temples or mosques.
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                Ramakrishna Jaladi
                Oct 18, 2016 at 10:43 pm
                Hindus are majority inIndia. SriRam is Hindu's deity, and that too most important deity and Ayodhya is the Janmasthan of Ramji which no one can deny. It has been proved that Ram temple was initially was existing at the disputed place. In the fist instance Hindus are deprived of their wish to a Ram temple and even the memories are deprived to be kept in a museum
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                  JayHind
                  Oct 19, 2016 at 2:45 am
                  SOME ONE CAN KIDNAPPED GOD WIFE REALLY lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;THIS GOD MUST BE IN CHADDI
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                    JayHind
                    Oct 19, 2016 at 2:39 am
                    Yeh this time rss's PM will be stripped lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Like rss's MINISTER of DEFENSE Farnands got STRIPED at ny airport lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;BRAVE SURGICAL STRIPPERS
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                      kalsi
                      Oct 18, 2016 at 11:15 pm
                      SHRI RAM IS THE ARADIA DEV OF ALL HINDUS. RAMAYAN DIPICTION IS TRUE DHARMA. NO POLOTICS HERE
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                        khaja
                        Oct 19, 2016 at 4:51 am
                        Dear Editor, you are entertaining Vedic citizens comments and putting my comment for moderation, is India Express another TOI and arnab company ?
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                          K N
                          Oct 19, 2016 at 4:18 am
                          Ram has indeed transformed Indian politics for ever .
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                            Murthy
                            Oct 19, 2016 at 2:22 am
                            Muslims have their Mecca and Medina, 'Sunny' has his Vatican, so many Muslim majority and Christian majority countries in this world, WHY Hindus cannot have their historic Holy Sites restored to them in the only major country with Hindu majority??? - one in which Hinduism has evolved over 6,000 years??? - one which had been devastated by Islamic invasions and Christian conversions???
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                              Ashok Mazumdar
                              Oct 19, 2016 at 3:42 am
                              Expiary Date of Ayodha is Over after Babri demolition and Rath Yatra, and Riots all over.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;These ia Bhaiyaa NETAS are creating problems for Bhartiya JUMLA Party.
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                                Ashok Mazumdar
                                Oct 19, 2016 at 3:48 am
                                His English is Better Than MA P Neta. 50% is not understood. 50 % is Confusing. 100% is Gobar Gas.
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                                  Manzoor
                                  Oct 19, 2016 at 7:36 am
                                  And what you are doing Dhiraj?
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                                    Manzoor
                                    Oct 19, 2016 at 7:31 am
                                    Why Ram Lala give his devine direction before election only.
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                                      Syed Syed
                                      Oct 19, 2016 at 8:13 am
                                      What about "sab ka sath-sab ka vikas" ?
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                                        Vedic_Citizen
                                        Oct 19, 2016 at 3:51 am
                                        Who is stopping mullas from building Babur memorial mosque in Bangla and Pak ! lt;br/gt;All these problems started after Islam came here in 9th century. Destruction of temples, scriptures, m conversions, genocide, parion of nation to create separate land for Muslims. Still, they let you stay here after parion. Greatest tolerance in the history of humanity.
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                                          U t
                                          Oct 19, 2016 at 5:21 am
                                          "We have got directions from Ram Lala" :) :) :).lt;br/gt;Chhodo itna kay hajam ho jayey
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