Lucknow, Nov 4 : Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan has welcomed the plan of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, which is yet to be announced, of building a 150-metre tall Lord Ram statue near the Saryu river in the temple town of Ayodhya.
Yogi is likely to announce the plan to construct statue of Lord Rama during his visit to Ayodhya on Diwali.
Khan, speaking to news agency ANI, said that Lord Ram’s statue, the announcement for which is likely to be made by Yogi during his visit to Ayodhya on Diwali, should be constructed taller than the recently inaugurated 182-metre Sardar Vallabhai Patel’s statue.
“Why did this thought not occur at the time of building the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel? Why would anybody oppose (the building of Lord Ram’s statue)? I would want an even taller statue of Lord Ram in Rampur,” said Khan.
The chief minister of Uttar Pradesh has not revealed the details of the plan. The Hindu community, the saints in Ayodhya have been pressing for construction of a statue of Lord Ram similar to that of the Statue of Unity.
On October 31, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel overlooking the Narmada river in Gujarat as a tribute to the country’s ‘Iron Man’.