Bhubaneswar: With the ensuing Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh in 2017, Union BJP has hinted to run the mile for ensuring the establishment of a Museum on the very sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi area.
In its pre election promises BJP has showcased its desire to revamp the issue. This was reinforced during PM Modi’s Dussera speech when he chanted ‘Jai Shree Ram’ with a hell of a cheer from the crowd.
With Union Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma to visit Ayodhya to identify land for the construction of a museum dedicated to Lord Ram, the Opposition has alleged BJP of leveraging the issue for political gains. The issue becomes more relevant with the ruling BSP in state also pitching for a similar theme based Ramleela park in Ayodhya.
But BJP has refuted such remarks saying that it has no intent to politicize the issue keeping in view of state elections but rather the developments have purely been for the sole purpose of enhancing tourism of the ancient Ayodhya land.
Sources said, three pilgrimage sites are in the agenda, Ramayana circuit with a budget allocation of 225 crores, Krishna circuit and a Buddhist circuit. The sprawling museum spread over 25 acre of land area will be situated about 15 km away from the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi.
In 1992, thousands of right wing activists demolished a 16th century mosque popularly known as Babri Masjid on reasons of the fact that it was built on Lord Ram’s birthplace called as Ram Janmabhoomi leading to a widespread riot. Ever since then, the activists like Hindu extremists demand that a ram mandir should be constructed on the post where the mosque stood before.
So far the case has been pending in the Supreme Court awaiting judgment.