Uma Bharti says it’s ‘unfair’ to talk about a mosque in Ayodhya
Uma Bharti, who had participated in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement of the 1990s, once again came out strongly in support of the construction of Ram temple and said she was fully committed to it
First, the RSS warned that there can be a possibility of a 1992-like mass movement for Ram Mandir, then the BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav said that the delay in the construction of Ram Temple is making Hindu community anxious. And now, Union Minister Uma Bharti said while Hindus were the "most tolerant" people in the world, any talk of constructing a mosque on the periphery of a Ram temple in Ayodhya could make them "intolerant".
"Hindus are the most tolerant community in the world. I will appeal to all politicians: please don't make Hindus intolerant by talking about building a mosque on the outer periphery of the birthplace of Lord Ram in Ayodhya," Bharti said.
She said when there could not be a temple in the holy town of Medina or a mosque in the Vatican City, it would be "unfair" to talk about a mosque in Ayodhya.
Describing the Ayodhya dispute as one of land and not faith, the firebrand Hindu leader said, “This is now only a matter of dispute of land, not dispute of faith. It has been resolved that Ayodhya is the birth place of Lord Ram.” She also stressed the need for an out-of-court settlement of the contentious issue, and urged all political leaders — including Gandhi, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, BSP leader Mayawati and TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee — to support this.
"We need support of all political parties on this issue. I invite all leaders including, Rahul Gandhiji, come let's lay the foundation stone of the Ram temple with me," Bharti said.
SP supremo Mulayam Singh, Banerjee, Mayawati and the Left parties should support the BJP on this issue as it is of national interest, she said.
"But they aren't letting the matter get resolved. The Congress will have to quit the habit of dividing the country in the name of religion," Bharti said, reiterating that all political parties should unite on this issue.
Bharti, who had participated in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement of the 1990s, said she was fully committed to the construction of Ram temple.
"If they tell me that Ram Mandir will be built only over my dead body, then so be it," she said.
Bharti, known as firebrand Hindu leader of the party, has in past also pitched for early construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.