The Union Cabinet has given its nod to set up a trust for the construction of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya. (Photo Credit: Twitter)
The Union Cabinet has given its nod to set up a trust for the construction of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in Lok Sabha on Wednesday. Soon after the meeting of the Union Cabinet ended, Modi reached Lok Sabha to make a statement in this regard. This came just ahead of the three-month deadline set by the Supreme Court for the Centre to constitute the Ram Temple Trust to facilitate the construction of a temple in Ayodhya.
Just before the Question Hour began, he said the trust has been named as the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Shetra. He said the Uttar Pradesh government has agreed to give five acres of land to the Sunni Wakf Board as directed by the Supreme Court in Ayodhya matter.
“We have readied a scheme for the development of Ram Temple in Ayodhya,” the Prime Minister said. While address the Lower House, Prime Minister said that the issue of ‘Ram Mandir’ was close to his heart. The Prime Minister also said that the entire land has been handed over to the trust for the construction of the grand Ram temple as per the judgment of the Supreme Court.
The court had also directed the Centre to include people from different walks of life in the temple trust to ensure the construction of the temple over 2.77 acres of land at the birthplace of Lord Ram in Ayodhya.
“The proposed trust would have 11 members. While officials from the Union home ministry and UP government are likely to be in the trust, VHP national vice-president Champat Rai, who is an accused in the Babri demolition case, may also find a place. Moreover, mahants from a few Akharas including the Nirmohi Akhara and Ramjanmabhoomi Nyas may also be included in the trust but no one from the BJP is likely to be part of it,” according top the New Indian Express report.
In its verdict on November 9, the Supreme Court had paved the way for the construction of a Ram temple by a trust at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot an alternative 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a new mosque at a prominent place in the holy town in Uttar Pradesh.