Will Ram temple in Ayodhya be ready by next Diwali?
Patna, Oct 16: Days ahead of Diwali festival, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Sunday in Patna, Bihar, said that the proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, will be ready to welcome devotees from next Diwali onwards.
He added that the construction of the temple in the disputed site of Ayodhya will commence soon.
"Hurdles in the way of the proposed Ram temple are being removed," the BJP leader said, without explaining much about the contruction of the temple in the disputed site.
"Construction of the temple is likely to begin sooner than later. This week we will be celebrating Diwali and by next Diwali the Ram temple is likely to be ready to receive devotees," he said addressing a seminar in Patna hosted by the Bihar unit of Virat Hindustan Sangam (VHS). Swamy is the founder of the VHS.
The Rajya Sabha member of Parliament (MP) said for electoral success "it is essential that the ideology of Hindutva is never lost sight of".
In recent times, several BJP leaders, including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, spoke in favour of the construction of the controversial Ram temple.
Adityanath said the significance of Ayodhya issue cannot be overlooked, adding that people "want construction of Ram temple".
The final verdict on the Ayodhya case by the Supreme Court is slated to take place on December 5 this year, a day before the 25th anniversary of the Babri masjid demolition.
Swamy said the VHS would make efforts for the construction of a grand temple dedicated to Lord Ram's consort Sita at Sitamarhi in north Bihar, believed to be her birthplace.
"It is impossible to think of Maryada Purushottam Sri Rama without his companion Jagat Janani Janaki".
Plans were also afoot by the VHS to also set up a university there. The university will serve as a centre for Indian renaissance where ancient Indian learning will be promoted alongside imparting of contemporary vocational training, he said, adding the organisation also proposed to undertake similar projects at other places of historical importance in all districts across Bihar.
However, the Congress alleged that the BJP raises the Ram temple issue to polarise the masses ahead of any elections.