BJP utilising Ram temple issue for cheap political gains: Congress
Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma on Tuesday visited Ayodhya to inspect the proposed site for setting up a Ramayana museum
Congress on Wednesday said he partially agreed with Katiyar as the whole country believes that the BJP was and utilising the Ram temple issue before the polls for cheap political gains.
Earlier, BJP BJP Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Katiyar said that the proposed Ramayana Museum is a “lollipop” to please people who want the Ram Mandir (temple) to be constructed in Ayodhya.
Singhvi said:“This is one of those rare occasions when I may partially agree with Mr. Vinay Katiyar for a simple reason, that the whole country believes that the BJP really misuses, plays games with, distorts and utilises and misuses the Ram Mandir (temple) issue probably for cheap political gains.”
According to a report in ANI, Singhvi said that apart from remembering Ram only during election time.
"Katiyar’s comment illustrates the fact that the BJP knows well that the real issue can be decided decisively only by the Supreme Court, but in the meanwhile at every local municipal elections to state elections in different forms and in different manners,” the congress leader added.
“The whole issue is symbolically viewed again to try and fool the public. I think the public is far too intelligent to be befooled and it only exposes the hypocrisy and hollowness of the BJP,” the Congress Rajya Sabha MP added.
Vinay Katiyar had dubbed the announcement of the construction of a Ramayana Museum instead of constructing a Ram Temple at Ayodhya as a “big mistake” on the part of the BJP-led Central Government.
On Tuesday, Katiyar said, “Effort should be made to construct the Ram Mandir (temple); this “lolipapi” (handing over Ramayana Museum as lollipop to please the people who are demanding the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya) won’t work. People ask when will be the Ram Temple constructed? This (Ramayana Museum) is a lollipop, it doesn’t have much importance, and thus, they should make positive effort. I would have said this had I been there. It’s good that I did not go there.”
Meanwhile, Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma on Tuesday visited Ayodhya to inspect the proposed site for setting up a Ramayana museum, an apparent move to woo voters in the poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.