In Lok Sabha, Narendra Modi announces Ram Temple Trust in Ayodhya: Amit Shah congratulates PM for 'unprecedented decision'; Adityanath, Shiv Sena react

  • Narendra Modi announced the constitution of 'Shri Ram Janambhoomi Tirath Kshetra', which would oversee the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, nearly three months after the Supreme Court ruling in the decades-old case

  • 'We have readied a scheme for the development of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. A trust has been formed, it is called 'Shri Ram Janambhoomi Tirath Kshetra',' the Prime Minister said in the Lok Sabha

  • A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court had in November ruled unanimously in favour of Ram Lalla

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the formation of the 'Shri Ram Janambhoomi Tirath Kshetra' in Lok Sabha on Wednesday, which will oversee the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, nearly three months after the Supreme Court ruling in the decades-old case.

Making a statement in the Lower House soon after the meeting of the Union Cabinet, Modi said, "We have readied a scheme for the development of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. A trust has been formed, it is called 'Shri Ram Janambhoomi Teertha Kshetra."

Since Parliament is in session, the government decided to inform the House on the important decision taken by the Cabinet. 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 crore people of India," he said.

Seeking to emphasise the importance of the announcement, Modi repeated twice "Aayee Aayee" (Come come) before urging all members to support in one voice the construction of the Ram Temple, amid "Jai Shri Ram" slogans from treasury benches. The Supreme Court earlier had directed the government to form the trust within three months with 9 February as the deadline.

Modi said in India, be it Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Parsis or Jains, everyone is a part of one "broad family". "Development must take place for every member of the family. Our government is moving forward with the mantra of 'sabka sath sabka vikas' so that everyone is happy," he said.

It has also been decided to transfer 67.703-acre land to the trust, he said, adding the Uttar Pradesh government has agreed to give five acres of land to the UP Sunni Wakf Board as directed by the Supreme Court in the Ayodhya matter. According to NDTV, sources claim no political party are to be a part of the temple trust.

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India Today reports claim that the Uttar Pradesh government had recently identified five possible locations for the mosque, to which Modi said that the Centre had approved one of these plots. UP government spokesperson Shrikant Sharma said the land is in Dhannipur village in Ayodhya on the Lucknow highway, about 18 kilometres from the district headquarters.

Following Modi's announcement in the Lok Sabha, Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced on Twitter that there will be 15 trustees in Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, out of which one trustee will "always be from the Dalit society."

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath thanked him for the same. In a tweet, Adityanath said, "The 'Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Tirtha Kshetra' Trust will be completely independent and capable of making all decisions related to temple construction."

Sunil Deodhar, BJP National Secretary, state in-charge of Tripura, Andhra Pradesh welcomed the announced on Twitter saying "Day by day, India is inching towards having a Grand Ram Mandir in Ayodhya".

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut congratulated the prime minister on setting up a trust for Ram Temple construction.

MNS chief Raj Thackeray also congratulated Modi over the move.

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi hit out at Narendra Modi for the timing of the announcement. "The Parliament session will end on 11 February. The announcement (by Modi) could have come after 8 February. Seems like the BJP is worried over Delhi elections." he told ANI.

Meanwhile, BJP leaders and party members congratulated the prime minister, hailing the announcement.

With inputs from PTI

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