Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who often courts controversy through his remarks on array of issues, on Tuesday said, “I believe in Ram and I want a mandir but not at the disputed site.” He made the remark in an apparent jibe to Centre’s plan to set up a Ramayana museum in Ayodhya. Even Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh has also announced Ramleela theme park in the same city. Earlier in the day, 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 said.
With politically crucial UP all set to go to polls early 2017, it seems the religion card will once again crop up as a tool to garner support for Hindu voters in the state.
Congress has always accused BJP of ‘playing’ politics over the temple issue and Singh has been vociferous too.