Ayodhya, Jan 14: Ahead of UP polls, Chief Priest of the temporary temple at Ram Janam Bhumi-Babri Masjid disputed site, Acharya Satyendra Das said that we will support BJP in the upcoming UP polls only if Prime Minister Narendra Modi promises to build Ram temple in Ayodhya.
Das said that ‘mahant’ and ‘sadhu’ are believers of Lord Rama and their only wish is to see a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.
“After Modi government took over, we hoped that now the temple would be constructed. Modi must visit Ayodhya, give us a guarantee and announce that he will get the Ram temple constructed during his tenure,” said Das.
“Then we will mobilise the Hindu masses to vote for BJP as ‘mahant’ and ‘sadhu’ in Uttar Pradesh enjoy a strong following. If we support BJP, it will definitely win,” he said.
To this demand put forward by Das, the Mahant of Rasik Niwas temple in Ayodhya, Raghuvar Sharan, asserted that BJP leaders who gained politically due to the Ayodhya Ram temple movement never raised the issue in Parliament.
“The BJP leaders, who rose to politics due to Ayodhya issue including Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Vinay Katiyar and Uma Bharti, are all members of Parliament,” he said.
“They never raised their voice for Ram temple in the House, neither did they demand that Prime Minister Modi bring a resolution in Parliament for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya,” Sharan said.