Though Hindus are the “most tolerant” people in the world, union minister Uma Bharati warns that any talk of constructing a mosque on the periphery of a Ram temple in Ayodhya could make them “intolerant”. She appealed to all politicians please don’t make Hindus intolerant by talking about building a mosque on the outer periphery of the birthplace of Lord Ram in Ayodhya.
She said when there could not be a temple in the holy town of Medina or a mosque in the Vatican City, it would be “unfair” to talk about a mosque in Ayodhya. “We need support of all political parties on this issue. I invite all leaders including, Rahul Gandhiji, come let’s lay the foundation stone of the Ram temple with me,” she added.
Inviting Congress president Rahul Gandhi to lay the foundation stone of the temple in Ayodhya with her, she said that he would “atone for the sins” of his party by doing so.
She urged SP supremo Mulayam Singh, Mamata Banerjee, Mayawati and the Left parties to support the BJP on this issue as it is of national interest. However, he alleged that they aren’t letting the matter get resolved. She said that the Congress will have to quit the habit of dividing the country in the name of religion.
Describing the Ayodhya dispute as one of land and not faith, the firebrand Hindu leader said, “This is now only a matter of dispute of land, not dispute of faith. It has been resolved that Ayodhya is the birth place of Lord Ram.” She also stressed the need for an out-of-court settlement of the contentious issue, and urged all political leaders. She said that all political parties should unite on this issue.