New Delhi, December 18
No one from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be a member of the trust that will oversee the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, home minister Amit Shah said, dismissing media reports that he and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath will be part of the body that will be set up on the orders of the Supreme Court.
“I want to make two things clear, there won’t be any trustee from among BJP members and the government will not spend anything on the project. The trust will have to collect donations from the society to make the temple,” he said.
The people making the temple will decide on the timeline for the completion of the project, he said. “The Supreme Court has ordered us to complete all processes [of coming up with a scheme to build the temple] within 90 days, and I believe that we will be able to do it,” Shah added. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) plans to crowd-fund Rs 100 crore for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, top functionaries of the organization said.
The Supreme Court cleared the way for the temple’s construction on November 9 when it ruled in favour of the Hindu parties in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit. It said that the disputed land in Ayodhya must be given to a trust for the temple’s construction.