Uttar Pradesh (UP) Cooperative Minister Makut Bihari Verma stoked controversy on Saturday saying a Ram Temple will be built in Ayodhya as the “Supreme Court is ours”, Times of India reported.
While the Baharatiya Janta party (BJP) ascended to power on a mandate for development, constructing a Ram temple remained a foremost priority, the minister told reporters. “The judiciary, administration, the nation as well as the Ram Temple belong to us.”
BJP leaders routinely court controversy over the issue. UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad earlier hinted at adopting a legislative route on this account.
The Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute remains pending before the Supreme Court of India. In 1992, Hindu zealots razed the historic Babri Masjid in Ayodhya triggering nationwide unrest. Many Hindus believe Ayodhya to be the birthplace of Ram.
This story originally appeared in Times of India.