Want Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, not ‘lollipop’: BJP leader Vinay Katiyar hits out at Mahesh Sharma’s museum project

NEW DELHI: .BJP leader Vinay Katiyar hit out at his own party’s Ramayana Museum project in Ayodhya, comparing it to ‘lollipop’ and said he wanted nothing less than the Ram Mandir in the city. The BJP leader was quoted saying by ANI: “”Ram Mandir ke liye prayaas hona chahiye, yeh lollipop se kuch nahi hone wala (Efforts should be made to build a Ram Temple , other projects will not do), said the BJP leader. Katiyar also complained that whenever he went to Ayodhya, sadhus asked him when the temple would be built. Katiyar said: “Wherever I go in Ayodhya, saints ask me when will Ram Mandir be built, good I did not go today (Union Min Mahesh Sharma’s program).”

He also demanded that a legislation be tabled in Lok Sabha. He was quoted saying by News 18: “Why only Subramanian Swamy, every devotee of Ram wants the temple to be constructed soon. Until that happens we cannot live in peace. Be it through a bill in Parliament, through dialogue or a court verdict, the government has to find a solution.”

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Ram Mandir ke liye prayaas hona chahiye, ye lolipop se kuch nahi hone wala: BJP MP Vinay Katiyar on Ramayana Museum in Ayodhya
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Earlier, Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma has downplayed the political uproar created by the announcement of the allocation of huge funds for the building a Ram Museum in Ayodhya. He said it is being taken to give a boost to tourism in India.

‘Elections are a different thing. Our Prime Minister wants that the nation should develop through all means and similarly he wants development of our country through tourism, and this step will attract tourists,’ Sharma told ANI.

‘When our government came to power, so, from the tourism perspective, we announced plans for theme based circuits, which included a Ram circuit, a Krishna circuit and a Buddha circuit. And under that announcement for Ramayan circuit, the government announced Rs.225 crore, for the Krishna circuit Rs.15 crore and similar amount for the Buddha circuit,’ he added.

Sharma further said the Ram museum will educate the youth about Ramayan and Lord Ram. ‘Ayodhya is known by the name of Lord Ram. A lot of people impose their faiths in Ayodhya. We want that the infrastructure should be developed there. We want to build a museum on Ramayana and the life of Lord Ram there so that our young generation visits the place and learns from it,’ he said.

According to reports, Sharma is expected travel to Ayodhya next week to discuss the blueprint for the museum. He is also scheduled to visit the site of the proposed museum that is expected to come up on 25 acres.

With agency inputs