Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced in Lok Sabha the formation of the trust – Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra – to construct a Ram Temple in Ayodhya, with the ruling BJP MP’s chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’. As per the Supreme Court verdict, the Government must form the trust for temple construction and allotment of land for construction of a mosque by February 9. The Uttar Pradesh Government also allotted five acres of land in Ayodhya district at Dhannipur village, 19 kilometers away from the district headquarters to the Sunni Waqf Board.
Making a statement in Lok Sabha soon after a meeting of the Union Cabinet, Prime Minister said he wants to share information on a “very important and historical subject for the country.”
In the evening Union Home Ministry issued a notification on the formation of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra, with its office in Delhi’s Greater Kailash locality
“This topic is close to my heart like millions of countrymen and I consider it my great fortune to talk about it,” he said, declaring the trust. “An autonomous trust has been formed, it is called ‘Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra,” said Modi, with Lok Sabha, witnessed the chanting of “Jai Shri Ram” by the treasury bench. The Prime Minister said that after the verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi issue came out, the people of India displayed remarkable faith in democratic processes and procedures.
“I salute the 130-crores people of India,” he said in his over 10-minute long address. “Let us all support construction of a grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya,” he said. Modi said in India, be it Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Parsis or Jains, everyone is a part of one “broad family”.
“Our culture, our traditions give us the vision of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam and Sarve Bhavantu Sukhin. It also gives the inspiration to move forward with this feeling. In India, people of all faiths, be it Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Parsis, and Jains, we are all members of a broad family. May every member of this family be happy, be healthy, prosper, develop the country with the same spirit,” he said.
He said the government is following the mantra of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’. All the members should express their support for the construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya, he said.
Soon after the Prime Minister’s announcement, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the trust will have 15 members, including one from the Dalit community. In the evening Union Home Ministry issued a notification on the formation of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra, with its office in Delhi’s Greater Kailash locality. A trust named “Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra” was registered with its registered office at R-20, Greater Kailash Part-1, New Delhi 110048, the notification said. This is the Delhi residence of legal luminary and two-time Attorney General of India K Parasaran, the lead counsel for the Hindu parties in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case.
In a notification, the ministry also said the Uttar Pradesh government had already issued the allotment letter of a five-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for construction of a mosque, as directed by the Supreme Court.
The land earmarked for the construction of a mosque by Sunni Wakf Board is in Dhannipur village in tehsil Sohawal in Ayodhya on the Lucknow highway, about 18 kilometers from the district headquarters, state government spokesperson Shrikant Sharma told reporters. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday morning.
“The state government had sent three alternatives for land to the Centre. This one was accepted by the Centre and the state cabinet has approved its allotment. There is a good transportation facility to reach here and communal amity and law and order are also good,” Sharma added.
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