Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas chief Nritya Gopal Das, who was named the chairman of the Trust, expressed the hope that the construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya would commence soon. He said if needed more land will be acquired. He said the trust is yet to take a call on the model and design of the proposed temple. However, it is most likely to go with the design proposed by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).
According to Das, Hindus will contribute immensely for the temple and the trust won’t seek any government help.
“Most probably the work of temple construction will start in 6 months from now, and since the temple will be a grand one, it may take more than two years to complete,” he said, adding, “when CM Yogi and PM Modi are associated with the work of the temple construction, you can imagine how grand it will be.”
On NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s criticism of the composition of the Trust, Das said, “Sharad Pawar can help Muslims build a mosque if he wants. Here we are working for the construction of Ram temple only. We don’t bother about him.”
The Digambar Akhara has said that UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath should be included in the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, even as the modalities of temple construction are being worked out.
According to Digambar Akhara Chief Mahant Suresh Das, Adityanath apart from being the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, is also the head of the Goraksh Peeth in Gorakhpur. The Goraksh Peeth has played a major role in the fight for Ram temple at Ayodhya.
“It is unfortunate that this aspect has been completely ignored and Yogi Adityanath has been kept out of the trust,” he said. He was also unhappy that the Digambar Akhara had not been given a seat in the trust. “We are not begging for a place in the trust but…”, he added.
Some other mahants are also unhappy they were not included in the trust.