New Delhi: Mahesh Sharma, the Cultural Minister of India has reiterated his party’s desire to build Ram Mandir at Ayodhya. He was quoted saying by ANI, that the nation’s dream is that Ram Mandir should be built soon. He said that his party has already made their views about the subject be known and that they will follow the SC’s order and will follow the laws of the land which is why it’s taking some time to build the Ram Mandir. He also added that they’d also build a Ramayan museum for which the government has sanctioned Rs 170 crore.
Earlier, VHP’s Pravin Togadia had said that building the Ram Mandir was critical in dealing with the Islamic State. He had claimed that building the Ram Temple would help stop ISIS from spreading its wings in India and was important to stop India from becoming like Syria. Meanwhile, almost six months after VHP announced its nationwide drive to collect stones for construction of the Ram temple, two trucks of stones arrived in Ayodhya last week, even as police said it was monitoring the situation.
Before that, the Shiv Sena, BJP’s ally at the Centre had demanded a date for the temple’s construction. An editorial in Saamana said: “Building Lord Ram’s temple is a national work. We want a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. But our Lord Ram, like an outcast, has to live in a tent-like mandir. Those in power should be ashamed of this situation of Lord Ram’s temple. Those who have come to power and are holding important posts with the blessings of Ram, should ensure that his exile period ends.”