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Digvijaya Singh questions composition of Ram Mandir trust

Talking to ET, Digvijaya Singh alleged the government violated the spirit of the court order by having only pro-establishment members, including Nritya Gopal Das and VHP vice-president Champat Rai who face trial in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

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Last Updated: Feb 22, 2020, 08.41 AM IST
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"I am disappointed by the manner the government formed the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra," said Singh.

NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh plans to write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi questioning the ‘rationale’ and ‘fairness’ of the composition of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra — the Trust the government constituted recently to construct the Ram temple at Ayodhya following a Supreme Court order.

Talking to ET, Singh alleged the government violated the spirit of the court order by having only pro-establishment members, including Nritya Gopal Das and VHP vice-president Champat Rai who face trial in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

“I am disappointed by the manner the government formed the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra. The government has chosen to fill the trust with many people who are close to the ruling establishment and the Sangh Parivar outfits. Why should the trust also have the government nominees? This is against the spirit of the SC order. I will be soon writing to the prime minister on the issues,” Singh said.

While fully supporting the construction of the Ram temple and the SC order, Singh questioned the exclusion of Ramanandi Sampradaya, one of the largest Hindu sects, Shankaracharyas, Akhara Parishads and other Hindu religious leaders associated with the Ramalaya Trust headed by the senior-most Jagadguru, Swami Swaroopanand, who were part of the Ram temple movement, from the trust. “All of them from the Ramanandi Sampradaya have been excluded from the trust. The government, in fact, should entrust the Ramalaya Trust with the construction of the Ram Temple,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Ramalaya Trust is learnt to be consulting lawyers on the possibility of moving the court against the composition of the trust. Ramalaya Trust secretary Swami Avimukteshervanand said “during the hearing of the Ram temple case, the high court had said it was a dispute between representatives of Hindus and Muslims. But the government has not given representation in the trust to the largest Hindu bodies and Shankaracharays who have been associated with the struggle for a Ram temple.

Further, the court had said the demolition of the structure at Ayodhya was wrong, yet persons facing cases for that act have been included in the trust. We are in consultation with legal experts on how to take up the matter in court. We will also go to the people with these issues,” he said.

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