UP Governor backs Construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Opp criticises

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New Delhi, Dec 12: Uttar Pradesh's Governor Ram Naik, who stated in favour of the construction of Ram temple at Babri Mosque site in Ayodhya, provided another stuff to opposition parties in the Centre to corner the government in the Houses of Parliament.

While the religion conversion row continues to disrupt the Houses, the latest controversial remark by the UP Governor put the government in trouble. Ram Naik during a convocation programme of Awadh University at Faizabad on Friday said that the Ram temple should be built at the site of the demolished Babri masjid in Ayodhya as this is the wish of people of India.

The BJP, RSS and Shiv Sena backed Naik saying, there is nothing wrong in his statement. "Everybody wants the Ram temple be constructed at the birth place of lord Ram and we all are Ram people. Having this wish is not wrong," BJP leader Vijay Bahadur said.

Shiv Sena also extended its support to the Governor. "His statement is not unconstitutional. It's a long pending promise that we have made to the people of this country and hence must be fulfilled," Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant added.

"There is nothing wrong in his statement. Naik was active during the Ram Mandir movement. Now we have chance to build a Ram temple, it is a national temple," RSS leader Sanjay Raut said.

However, the opposition parties including the Congress, Janata Dal United, Nationalist Congress Party, Samajwadi Party strongly criticised his statement.

"This is an objectionable issue to demand the construction of Ram Temple by the person sitting on the position of governor," NCP leader Tariq Anwar said.

The JDU demanded the Governor's resignation over the matter. "We will request the President of India to remove the Governor of Uttar Pradesh as he has violated the Constitution," JDU leader KC Tyagi said.

"Even if it is his personal comment then he should not make such comments because he is not a RSS member or a BJP member but governor of UP," Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal said.

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