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Wednesday, 27 January 2021 1.08 AM IST

Before the next Lok Sabha polls, Ram temple will come up in Ayodhya; BJP fulfils yet another poll promise

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LUCKNOW: With BJP leader LK Advani’s Rath Yatra the demand for a Ram temple in Ayodhya came up in the country’s socio-political arena back in the 1990s itself. After the three-decade-long court battle following the demolition of Babari Masjid, apex court finally gave nod to construct Ram Temple in the disputed site at Ayodhya. Narendra Modi who participated in the Rath Yatra with Advani has become India’s prime minister today and on August 5 he laid the stone for the Ram temple in a grant stone laying ceremony.

The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust on Friday started shifting carved stones to be used in the construction of the Ayodhya Ram temple from its Karsevak Puram workshop to the temple premises. The construction is expected to start in full swing on October 15.

“The work of shifting the carved stones from the workshop to the Mandir premises has started. The stones will be used in construction of Shri Ramjanmabhoomi Mandir,” the Trust tweeted.

Sources said that while the stones carved till now were enough to build the ground floor, the stones to be used in the other floors would be carved at the temple site.

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Ram temple will be built in three years

Trust member Anil Mishra, who is supervising the construction on behalf of the temple construction committee, earlier said that the construction would be carried out in phases. After the test piling of all the pillars, they will be set up and filled with concrete. Then a platform, on which the temple’s first floor will stand, will be built. All this, according to Mishra, is expected to be completed by 2022. Recently, the Trust confirmed its plan to complete construction by January 2023.

Mishra, however, sounded cautious, saying things do not always go according to plan. He said the Trust does not want to rush as it plans to build a temple grand enough to make Ayodhya the centre of the Hindu faith, and strong enough to survive for more than a thousand years.

Trust’s general secretary, Champat Rai had said recently that the temple will hopefully be built in three years.

BJP fulfilled its promise

The ruling BJP has delivered on its key ideological promises in the first year of its second tenure. It is set to remind the public of its fulfilled promise when it goes hustings, first in Bihar, and then in the subsequent state elections next year. The issue of Ram temple is no longer a polarising one as most of parties have either welcomed the Supreme Court order to give the disputed land to the Hindu community, or silently accepted the decision.

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