Following Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Union Tourism minister Mahesh Sharma’s visit to Ayodhya ahead of the UP elections next year and with BJP leader Vinay Katiyar raising the issue on behalf of BJP once more, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy today said the Ram issue is a part of the party manifesto in 2014 and they can’t avoid delivering it.
“We’re not saying we are going to forcibly build it,we’re going to do it through Supreme Court, time for it to be heard & disposed off,” said the Swamy in a statement to ANI.
Earlier, Travel minister Mahesh Sharma’s visit to Ayodhya to inspect the site for building a Ramayana museum raised issues on whether BJP is trying to rebuild the Ram Mandir in the disputed area, for political benefit, just before the UP elections.
With the center set to build the Ramayana Museum in Ayodhay, said to be as the birthplace of Lord Ram, BJP leader Vinay Katiyar referred the decision to be just a ‘lollipop’ and claimed for a Ram Mandir.
Mahesh Sharma yesterday inspected the 25-acre land, 15 km away from the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid complex, to build up the Ramayana museum for which the center had sanctioned Rs 225 crore, with Rs 151 crore exclusively for Ayodhya.
In its manifesto, before the 2014 elections, BJP claimed to explore all legal options to rebuild the Ram Mandir in Ayodha. Though the case is being heard at the Supreme Court, Mahesh Sharma’s visit to Ayodhya and BJP’s decision to build up a Ramayana museum, raises questions on the party’s intentions to use the Ram issue for the upcoming UP elections.