Uma Bharti Says Lord Ram Not BJP's 'Property', Digvijaya Singh Responds with a 'Thank You'
After former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and state Congress chief Kamal Nath said he welcomed the decision of constructing Ram temple at Ayodhya, Bharatiya Janata Party vice president Uma Bharti said that Lord Ram was nobody's "property" and that the deity belonged to everybody.
Bharti made this statement during her visit to Lord Mahakal temple in Ujjain on Monday. On being asked about Congress party’s recent stance backing Ram temple, Bharti said, “No one can have a patent on Ram’s name.”
(Ram’s name and Ayodhya aren’t BJP’s property. It’s for everyone, including those in BJP and those in other parties. From other religions and community or to people residing elsewhere on the globe, if they have faith in Ram, they can voice their opinions on the issue," Bharti said.
Bharti added that one cannot adopt the attitude that they have a patent over this issue as there is need to remember that we are mortals but Ram’s name is eternal.
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, reacting to Bharti's statement, thanked her in a tweet. Tagging a video, he wrote: "Thank you Uma".
On being asked whether PCC chief Kamal Nath is taking a stand that's different from his party because of the approaching by-polls, Bharti rejected the insinuation, saying it was a matter of faith.
Criticising Rahul Gandhi’s reservations on the issue, she said that the former Congress president was saying "something for the sake of it" and added that Gandhi always spoke keeping in mind a special "vote bank." She went on to say that Gandhi needs to remember that there is unanimity on the issue following the verdict of the Supreme Court.
Bharti further accused Gandhi of seeking advice from the communist, who according to her, loathe Hindustan and Hindutva. “If Rahul ji needs advice, let him take it from Digvijaya Singh and Kamal Nath ji.”
Commenting on Digvijaya Singh’s questions on Ram temple ceremony's 'muhurt', Bharti termed it a fundamental right of democracy but added that there is a wave of joy because of the construction of the temple.
On being asked about the invites to BJP veterans LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, Bharti said: “They (LK Advani and Murali Manohar Joshi) are big personalities who are now immersed in self-pride on this feat (construction of Ram temple) and thinking that their stature will grow after being invited as chief guests in bhumi pujan is a sub-standard thought.”
She clarified that she has distanced herself from the ceremony owing to the threat posed by Covid-19. Organisers, too, were trying to curtail the list of personalities to be seated at the stage to minimise the threat of the spread of the coronavirus
“Personally I was of the view that the ceremony should have included five or six persons including the PM, UP Governor, RSS chief, RSS functionary Champat Ray, UP chief minister and a priest and rest could have sought blessings later.
Covid-19 is at its peak and we have to be cautious as you don’t know how and when the infection could reach you, added Bharti.
Asked to recount her best memory of Ram Janmbhumi Andolan, Bharti declined to single-out any particular event and added that according to her, August 5, when the Prime Minister Modi would lay the foundation of the temple, would be the most important occassion.