Ram statue proposal: AIMPLB calls it ‘illegal, unconstitutional'

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The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Tuesday strongly opposed to the Uttar Pradesh government's proposal to build a grand statue of Lord Ram on the bank of Saryu river in Ayodhya. 

AIMPLB's Zafaryab Jilani

AIMPLB's Zafaryab Jilani told news agency ANI that a government cannot 'take any step for the propagation of any particular religion'.

"If the government is doing it, it is doing it illegally and unconstitutionally," Jilani said.

The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has proposed building a big statue of Lord Ram on the banks of the Saryu River in the temple town of Ayodhya, not far from the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi - Babri Masjid site. 

The proposal was presented to Governor Ram Naik as part of the state tourism department's initiatives to promote religious tourism.

The height was told to be 100 m, but it is not clear yet. Apart from the statue, other structures of public utility will also be built in the town. The money for these projects has been partly sanctioned by the Central government. A Ram Katha gallery, an auditorium in Digambar Akhada are also in government's plan.

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