Construction of Ram temple is a matter of 'faith', not elections: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Mathura: Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday said the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya "is a matter of faith" and not an election issue.

"Construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya is a matter of faith. Even in 1990, it was not an election issue," the Union Minister for Communication and Information Technology told reporters.

 Construction of Ram temple is a matter of faith, not elections: Ravi Shankar Prasad

File image of Ravi Shankar Prasad. PTI

Prasad said construction of the Ram temple will not be an issue during campaign for the 2017 Assembly election in Uttar Pradesh.

On the cleaning of Yamuna river, Prasad said, "We don't want ad hoc arrangement on eliminating Yamuna pollution. Constructive work in this direction is required and it has started."

On Congress president Sonia Gandhi's remarks that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was functioning like a dictator, Prasad said, "In fact Modi is working as Pradhan Sevak of the countrymen."

Claiming that the country has made tremendous progress in two years of the Modi government, Prasad said in the next three years, India will become a "leading" country in the world.

"Through Skill India, Digital India, Make in India and Start-up India schemes not only platform has been prepared for rapid development but transparency would also be ensured," he said.

To ensure that the rural lot gets the benefit of the Digital India campaign, he flagged off a 'Digital Vehicle' which will cover the rural areas and familiarise the people with digitalisation.

"In order to apprise rural lot with digitalisation, the digital vehicle would travel all over the country in 12 languages. We have decided to make the digitally literate," he said.

Asserting that proper management of the economy has propelled growth, he said capital investment has increased leap and bound in last two years.

"Rs 27,000 crore investment was only in telecom sector. While spectrum was auctioned for Rs one lakh ten thousand crore, coal block was auctioned for Rs three lakh crore," he said.

He claimed heavy increase in revenue of BSNL. A pilot project for providing Ganga Jal of Rishikesh and Haridwar and prasadam through post offices has started. "Now prasadam of Bankey Behari temple, Radha Ballabh, Radha Raman temples of Vrindaban, Sri Krishna Janmasthan and Dwarkadheesh temple will also be available through post office," he said.

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Updated Date: Jun 01, 2016 07:57:35 IST