Lucknow, Dec 12: Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik on Thursday said that people of the nation want Ram Mandir to be built at Ayodhya and that wish should be fulfilled as soon as possible.
"Ram Mandir should be built as soon as possible. That is the wish of the Indian citizens and the wish should be fulfilled," he said here at the convocation programme of Awadh University at Faizabad, where he was the chief guest.
A former BJP MP, Naik was named the UP governor in July this year after the NDA government came to power at the Centre.
Meanwhile, reacting to the remarks by Naik, the oldest litigant in the Babri Masjid case, Hashim Ansari, said, "I have stated earlier that we are ready to come to the negotiation table but before we start talks, the Union government must ensure that the accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case must be punished."
He said the trial against them has been lingering for the last 22 years and not a single person has been punished.
Last month, Naik had said that he was hopeful that in the next five years Prime Minister Narendra Modi will thrash out a solution to the Ram Janma Bhoomi-Ram Mandir tangle.
"(The) Prime Minister is preparing a plan to work out a peaceful solution to the Ayodhya dispute and it would be solved once and for all within the next five years," Naik had said.
(With agency inputs)