Ram temple in Ayodhya will get grand shape in BJP rule: Sakshi Maharaj

BJP MP says temple in Ayodhya not on party’s agenda, but on saints’ agenda

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Updated: June 8, 2015 10:06 am
sakshi maharaj, bjp, ram temple, ram mandir Sakshi Maharaj, BJP MP from Unnao, said he was a product of the Ram temple movement and will back political parties which supported their agenda.

BJP MP from Unnao Sakshi Maharaj told The Indian Express on Sunday that the Ram temple will be given a “grand shape” during the BJP rule.

“Ram temple was established in Ayodhya in 1992. Now, it has to be given a grand shape and it will be done during the BJP rule,” he said. Sakshi added that the temple was not on the agenda of BJP, but on the agenda of saints and dharmacharyas.

His remarks come soon after senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member Vinay Katiyar said that the “anger of Ram bhakts can erupt as a volcano” if the Narendra Modi-led government does not address the core issues like building the Ram temple in Ayodhya.

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Sakshi added that the NDA government has only spent one year in office and Modi will “rule the country for the next 30 years”. “One year is a very short time and we should wait. Ram temple will get a grand shape under the Narendra Modi government,” he said.

Stating that the objective of the Ram temple movement was establishing “Ram Rajya”, he said steps taken by the Modi government for the development of the nation and all its communities was taking the country towards “Ram Rajya”.

Sakshi said Modi was travelling across the world to change India’s image. He added that the PM was taking decisions based on the “sabka saath, sabka vikas” ideology to ensure the economic and social development of the nation and all its communities.

“People of all castes and communities are benefitting from this development. No riots have occurred in the last one year. This happens only in “Ram Rajya”. Now, Muslims are also joining BJP. It will not be surprising if some day, Muslims extend support for the development of Ram temple, because the Quran says that developing a mosque after razing a temple is not acceptable in Islam,” he said.

The MP also said that governments led by Congress, Samajwadi Party or Bahujan Samaj Party will never develop the Ram temple in Ayodhya because of their politics of “Muslim appeasement”. “Do you think Mulayam Singh Yadav, who ordered police firing on Karsevaks during his regime, will take steps for Ram Mandir’s development? Mayawati and Lalu Prasad Yadav, too, will never build the temple.”

Sakshi declined to comment on Katiyar’s remarks, but said that “unnecessary remarks” by some BJP leaders provide Opposition with an opportunity to attack the Modi government.

Reacting to Sakshi’s remarks, Congress spokesperson Rita Bahuguna Joshi said the Ram temple was BJP’s “hidden” agenda which it uses to tap Hindu sentiments and divert public attention from the “failures” of the NDA government.

“BJP MPs are making statements on the issue with the approval of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. Modi is the strongest voice in the government and the party. No MP can make such remarks on the Ram temple issue without his consent.” Joshi said.

BSP general secretary Naseemuddin Siddiqui said BJP was not concerned about any temple or mosque. “BJP uses Ram temple issue only to fool people before elections. Now, with UP heading towards Assembly polls, party MPs are raising the issue to woo voters. They have no intention to build the temple,” he said.

SP’s Naresh Agrawal too said that BJP was using the Ram temple issue for political gains.

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  1. Haradhan Mandal
    Jun 7, 2015 at 9:42 pm
    BJP needs different voices/faces to attract different types of VOTE-BANKS. It is naive to think that the vote-bank is a homogenized eny. His type is used to attract the so called 'lower castes or the BC castes' votes that can go away to other political dispensation without such slogans like 'Ram Mandir',' Cow Slaughter', 'Love Jehad'. Otherwise how do you gloss out the fact all the KEY ministers of Modi Cabinet are from one single (or two) caste. You need to keep these voices like Sakshi Maharaj feel SELF-IMPORTANT and very very PROMINENT leader.
    1. A
      Jun 8, 2015 at 3:40 am
      Nothing more than harmful obstinate and divisive talk !
      1. K
        Jun 8, 2015 at 6:48 pm
        1. S
          Jun 8, 2015 at 3:33 pm
          Bihar & UP embly elections are coming up. They will kick off such topics again. Why, we can even expect some human beings getting sacrificed to raise the heat to a higher level. Remember our PM correctly said that 'Indian Muslims will sacrifice their life for the country'. The sacrifice will come bit forcefully by the experienced hands of 'patriotic Indians' like the specialists of Gujarat Model. Let us see.
          1. G
            Jun 8, 2015 at 2:07 pm
            India has enough temples to last for another thousand years. India's poor needs help, they need fresh water, education and hospitals. The MP would do well to concentrate on those issues rather than on the temple. Religious obsession can put people under shackles for life as has been with the Muslims. If he is concerned about the well being of the people, he should concentrate on education for the poor.
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