Politicians across the spectrum have criticised and mocked the statement made the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on building Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
Taking a dig at Bhagwat’s comments, the newly elected chief minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, said that the RSS and the BJP were only keen to keep this issue alive primarily to extract political mileage.
He said, “Ye iss mudde ko zinda rakhna chaahte hain, bhagwaan Ram ke prati shradhha unke mann mein hain aisi baat nhi hai. Ye BJP, RSS, in sabka ek naara hai, Ram lala hum ayenge, mandir wahin banayenge, taareekh nhi btayenge.(They only want to keep the issues alive. It’s not that they have any respect for Ram. The RSS and the BJP keep promising to bring the statute of Lord Ram and construct a temple but they will never tell you when?)”
Congress general secretary, Digvijat Singh too sounded uncharitable in his criticism for Bhagwat. Echoing Nitish’s stance, Singh said, “Mohan Bhagwat and BJP have got nothing to do with religion or Ram temple. They only want to politically gain from this issue.”
And if condemnation from the political rivals weren’t enough, the BJP’s ally in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena, too asked Bhagwat to provide a definite timeline for the construction of Ram Temple.
The party’s spokesperson, Sanjay Raut, said, “Mandir toh banega lekin tareekh toh batao? The elections in Uttar Pradesh are approaching. If the Ram temple is made a political issue then the people won`t forgive us. The people should not be deceived on this matter.”
Bhagwat, while speaking in Kolkata yesterday, had said, “The temple will be built within my lifetime. May be, we will see it with our own eyes. None can say when and how the temple will be constructed, but we need to be prepared and ready.”
The construction of Ram Temple at the site where once Babri Mosque existed, has been high on agenda for the BJP with party having fought many elections with this promise. The saffron brigade along with other affiliates of the RSS were responsible for demolishing the 16th century Babri Mosque.