Uttar Pradesh’s cooperative minister, Mukut Bihari Verma stirred a controversy on Saturday after saying,
“Ram temple will be built in Ayodhya as the Supreme Court is ours.”
While talking to reporters and reported by TOI, Verma said,
“BJP has come to power on the issue of development but Ram Mandir will be constructed as it is our determination. The matter is in the Supreme Court and the SC is ours.”
BJP has come to power on the issue of development but Ram Mandir will be constructed as it is our determination The matter is in Supreme Court and the SC is ours. The judiciary, administration, the nation as well as the Ram Temple belong to us: Mukut Bihari Verma, BJP MLA pic.twitter.com/jzrNpvreNd
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 8, 2018
“The judiciary, administration, the nation as well as the Ram temple belong to us,”
said the BJP MLA, according to news agency ANI.
However, this is not the first time that a BJP leader in UP has sparked a controversy while talking about the Ram temple, while the matter is still pending with SC.
UP’s labour minister Swami Prasad Maurya, who was sitting by Mukut Bihari Verma’s side in Bahraich, refused to comment on the controversy, reported Hindustan Times. When the HT reporter called up Verma, he said that he was quoted out of context. However, in his bid to explain, the minister again ended up emphasizing the same statement.
“I merely meant that the Supreme Court too is part of this country and belongs to us and that we are sure the temple will come up in Ayodhya,” he explained.
“Humne kya galat kaha ki Supreme Court bhi hamara hai … arrey bhai hamara toh sabhi kuchh hai … jab yeh desh hamara hai toh sabhi kuchh hamara hi hai na (What wrong did I say? If the country is ours, then so is the SC and everything else),” he said.
The minister’s statement comes days after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced that the construction of Ram temple is in Lord Rama’s hand. In June this year, UP CM had raised the heat on the Ayodhya issue ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, stating that “there should be no doubt” that a temple will be built at the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site.
Twitter reacted sharply to these irresponsible comments from the BJP Neta :
— Vicky Donor (@Vicky_Donorr) September 8, 2018
The SC is theirs, the judiciary, administration, the nation, everything belong to them? This ideology for u.
— . (@astitv21c) September 9, 2018
Shame that such MLA are elected by people 😶😶
— Tejas Rangnekar (@tejasrangnekar) September 8, 2018
He deserves a Mukut 👑 for speaking the truth pic.twitter.com/YBk75OKx8Y
— Arnaz Hathiram (@ArnazHathiram) September 9, 2018
It seems they have everyone in their pockets. Maybe due to this the donations to their party funds is enormous too. Deep pockets huh!!!
— anurag bhatnagar (@saanre) September 9, 2018
EVM is ours , media is ours , Govt is ours , RBI is ours and now SC is ours
— riaz.re (@RIAZ04778608) September 9, 2018
SUPREME COURT IS NO ONES PERSONAL PROPERTY.
— KunduPayal (@SauravKundu237) September 9, 2018
AND THEN WHAT ? ok TEMPLE BUILT THEN ? ALL IS ACHIEVED COUNTRY NEEDS NOTHING MORE . AND WHAT WILL YOU AGITATE FOR AFTER TEMPLE .YOU WILL RUN OUT OF ISSUES IS IT NOT .
— jaiparkash (@mathurapuri) September 9, 2018