Ram Temple Trust will have 15 trustees including one from SCs/STs. (Photo Credit: File/Representational Image)
Hard-line Hindu organisation VHP on Wednesday welcomed the announcement of the Ram Temple Trust by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that the government has fulfilled its responsibility. Reacting to the announcement, VHP president Alok Kumar said that the Ram Temple in Ayodhya must be built according to the Map finalised 30 years ago. Kumar also expressed hope the temple trust will soon start the construction of a grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
"It's a matter of delight for all the Hindus across the world. The Government has fulfilled its responsibility. We expect the trust to start working as soon as possible. Also, Temple construction must be done in accordance to the map decided 30 years ago," Kumar said.
The VHP president also said the construction of Ram Temple must be done by the money from Hindus across the world. An ammount must be fixed. Every Hindu must contribute. He, however, said that the VHP will not be part of the contruction but only provide security to the temple.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi announced the Ram Mandir Trust in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing Budget Session. The trust has been named as 'Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra' and it will be autonomous in nature. "We have readied a scheme for the development of Ram Temple in Ayodhya," the Prime Minister said.
The announcement of the Temple trust came just three days ahead of Assembly elections in Delhi. The Opposition parties have alleged that the announcement was made in wake of the elections in Delhi as the BJP is worried of its prospects.
"Session of Parliament will end on February 11, the announcement could have come after 8th February. Seems like BJP is worried over Delhi elections. It (formation of trust) was the decision of Supreme Court which is supreme," AIMIM chif Asaduddin Owaisi told ANI.