Temple Rajneeti: Akhilesh responds to BJP's Ramayan Museum with Ramleela Theme Park
For the upcoming UP election the BJP raised its Ram Mandir pitch on Monday with Union Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma announcing a visit to Ayodhya on Tuesday to inspect the proposed site for setting up a Ramayana museum.
In yet another move seen as an attempt to woo pro-Hindutva elements months before the assembly election in Uttar Pradesh, BJP MP Vinay Katiyar urged the Modi government to introduce a Bill in the Lok Sabha facilitating the construction of a Ram Temple at the site.
The upcoming elections in the country’s most politically significant state has once again shed the spotlight on the controversial issue, with the ruling Samajwadi Party government, too, jumping the bandwagon and approving the construction of a Ramleela theme park along the banks of the Sarayu in Ayodhya. The development comes a day after the Central government announced that it would construct a Ramayan Museum in the temple town.
The Akhilesh Yadav cabinet gave approval for the project and also sanctioned high quality material including red sandstone.
While Sharma has denied setting up of the museum had to do anything with approaching UP elections.He told the media in Delhi that Tourism ministry had a year back announced plans to develop Ramayan, Krishna and Buddha circuit and his visit to Ayodhya was to follow up on the projects and nothing else.
Following the announcements Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati slammed both the parties and questioned their intentions, saying they were “linking religion with politics” for “electoral benefits.” She also questioned the timing of the announcements of the two projects.
“If their intentions were clean, they would have started the projects much earlier… They must keep in mind that the disputed land in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid complex should not be affected by such constructions as the matter is sub judice in the Supreme Court.”