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2 trustees say PM Modi should lay foundation stone of Ram Temple

Chaupal, who had laid the first brick at Ram Janmabhoomi in 1989 after the permission of the Rajiv Gandhi government, said that was “the proudest moment in my life”.

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Last Updated: Feb 08, 2020, 09.44 AM IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi should lay the foundation stone of the Ram temple in Ayodhya to send a message to the nation and the world.
Two members of the Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra, Kameshwar Chaupal and Nirmohi Akhara’s Mahant Dinendra Das, told ET on Friday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should lay the foundation stone of the Ram temple in Ayodhya to send a message to the nation and the world.

“The first President of India Rajendra Prasad had performed the installation ceremony of the Somnath Temple. Laying of the foundation of the Ram Temple is an equally big moment. If Prime Minister Narendra Modi does this in Ayodhya, it would be a very positive message to the entire country as well as the world. This is my personal opinion,” Chaupal, the Dalit member in the trust formed to oversee the building of the temple, told ET.

Chaupal, who had laid the first brick at Ram Janmabhoomi in 1989 after the permission of the Rajiv Gandhi government, said that was “the proudest moment in my life”.

Mahant Dinendra Das of the Nirmohi Akhara said the PM would come on his own. “Narendra Modi has said in Parliament that Lord Ram is in his heart. We do not need to call the Prime Minister – he will himself come (for foundation stone ceremony) out of his love for Lord Ram,” Das said, adding that the most opportune date for the event would be Ram Navami on April 2.

He also said that after a wait of many decades, “the entire 67.7 acres in Ayodhya has become the home of Ram” and that earlier there was not even enough space for devotees to lay prostrate before the deity.

Chaupal said that by appointing a Dalit on the trust “the government has shown it respects the Dalit community”. He said the first meeting of the trustees will be called in Delhi this month. “Fifteen days have been given for taking the acceptance of all the trustees and for the government to appoint the officer representatives on the trust who will be informing us of the date of the first meeting,” he said. “The main objective is to ensure a grand Ram temple is made in Ayodhya and all decisions are taken by the trust keeping people’s sentiments in mind.”

Das, the Ayodhya Baithak chief of Nirmohi Akhara, said after some initial simmers there were no differences now among Ayodhya’s saints over the composition of the trust. “Sab prem se ho jayega (everything will happen in harmony now),” he said.
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