LUCKNOW: Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti today said Ram temple in Ayodhya was a matter of belief for her and she was ready to go to jail for it. “Ram temple is a matter of belief for me and I have immense pride in it…if I have to go to jail for it I will go, if I have to hang myself for it I will do it,” the firebrand BJP leader, who was part of Ram temple movement, told newspersons after meeting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Asked if the issue of Ram temple construction in Ayodhya figured in the talks with Chief Minister Adityanath, she said, “We don’t need to talk about Ram temple…we (Uma and Yogi) are not strangers on this issue… Yogiji’s guru Mahant Avaidnath was the leader of the temple movement.”
The Union minister said that since the matter is pending in the Supreme Court she would refrain from speaking much on it but pointed out that the Supreme Court has noted that the matter could be resolved outside the court.
The Supreme Court had recently reserved its order on a petition seeking restoration of conspiracy charges against Ms Bharti and other senior BJP leaders, including LK Advani and MM Joshi, in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
In its 2017 UP election manifesto, the BJP said it “will explore all possibilities within the purview of the Constitution to construct a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya”. The BJP returned to power in UP after 15 years. Newly-appointed Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asked his officials to begin work on implementation of the poll promise.