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.