Accusing the opposition parties of trying to rake up the Ayodhya issue for their political gains, senior leader of Bharatiya Janata Party and Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma claimed that now even Muslims were in favour of construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.
“Now all people of the country, whether they are Hindus or Muslims, want construction of Ram temple. They want this decades-old issue to be sorted out at the earliest,” he said, adding that the government would act as per the constitutional provisions to fulfill the aspiration of the people.
In an interview to a select group of reporters here on Monday, Sharma questioned the opposition charge that the BJP was trying to violate the Constitution over the Ram temple. “Can anyone answer why the government made a law against the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Shah Bano case? Was that not violation of constitutional norms?,” he asked.
“The BJP has always honoured the judiciary and has followed the Constitution. But it cannot ignore the feelings of the majority community. Thus, some way has to be evolved,” Sharma said.
The DyCM said the BJP was not a party of a family like the Congress, the Samajwadi Party or the Bahujan Samaj Party and hence discussions would be held for an amicable solution to the Ayodhya issue.
“The opposition parties are trying to rake up the Ayodhya issue only for their electoral gains... they are not at all concerned about the feelings of the people,” he said.
“The government is considering several measures to address the Ram temple issue and it will be done at the appropriate time,: he added.
When his attention was drawn to the threat by saints to launch a mass movement for the construction of Ram temple and their threat to forcefully start construction from December, the DyCM said, “Our Chief Minister is aware of everything. There will not be any law and order problem. Let’s see what happens.”
Sharma also said that a big statue of Lord Ram was expected to come up in Ayodhya.
“Everyone wants a big statue of Lord Ram and our Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will certainly fulfill the demand of the people. Lord Ram is the cultural identity of the country and everyone follows Lord Ram’s principles and the path of honesty, hence there should be no opposition to his statute. Still some parties have started opposing it,” he said.
Sharma said the BJP government in UP had done everything to develop religious places so that the people had the facilities to worship.
Talking about Deepotsava in Ayodhya on Wednesday, Sharma said the programme would be an historic one as country would watch how people should worship Lord Ram on his return to Ayodhya from vanvas (exile).