Ayodhya, Jan 21: In a public meeting near Ayodhya, also considered to be the birth place of Lord Sri Ram, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that "We are a government of Ram Bhakts (devotees)", spiking fresh controversies. Speaking at the launch of road projects in the region, he also said,"From Ayodhya to Chitrakoot, this is a government of Ram Bhakts, of those who chant Jai Shri Ram."
The "Ram-Janki" marg, which is a road connecting Ayodhya to Janakpur in Nepal, which is considered to be the birth place of Sita, was announced at the Union minister of Transport at a cost of RS 2,000 crore.
The comments made by him, however, come at a time when the BJP and the NDA-led government is having a tough time erasing its image as a pro-Hindu government. BJP, off late is distancng itself from all the leaders who voice a pro-Hindu agenda. BJP MP, Sakshi Maharaj is a case in point. Last year, Prime MInister Narendra Modi had instructed MPs not to cross the "Lakshman Rekha" with their public comments. The party fears that the controversies are diverting focus from the government's development agenda.