BJP doesn't have patent on Ram Mandir: Uma Bharti
New Delhi, Nov 26: Senior BJP leader Uma Bharti has lauded Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray who is mounting pressure on the Union Government over the Ram Temple issue. Bharti said that 'BJP doesn't have a patent on Ram Mandir' and urged all the political parties to support the demand for construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
After visiting the disputed site for a Ram temple in Ayodhya, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said he will return to the city if the temple is not built at the earliest. He wrapped up his two-day visit to Ayodhya on Sunday, his first political event outside Maharashtra. Thackeray on Saturday asked the Narendra Modi-led government to wake up from slumber" and declare a date for the construction of a Ram temple.
"Yes, I appreciate Uddhav Thackeray for his effort. BJP doesn't have a patent on Ram Mandir, Lord Ram is of all. I appeal to everyone including SP, BSP, Akali Dal, Owaisi, Azam Khan etc to come forward and support the construction of the temple," Bharti, a minister in the Modi government, said.
Uddhav had said that the present government at the Centre is strong (in terms of numbers) and asked that if this government does not build the temple, which government will do. He attacked the government over the delay in the construction of the Ram temple on the disputed site in Ayodhya where the Babri Masjid was demolished in 1992. He had said bringing a law on the temple's construction may have been difficult during Atal Bihari Vajpayee's term as it was a coalition government then. But the current government is strong, he said.
Demands for Ram Temple construction have gained momentum
Earlier this month, Bharti said that she is ready to do everything for the construction of the temple. Bharti said, "The construction of Ram Temple is my dream and whatever initiative is required from my end I am ready for it."
The Supreme Court
It is to be noted here that Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute cases will be heard by an appropriate bench in the first week of January 2019. In the last few weeks, voices are emerging within the BJP demanding early construction of the temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. Even the RSS had expressed dissappointment at the Supreme Court for delaying the hearing on the matter.