Terming the statue of Lord Ram to be affirming Ayodhya’s identity, looks like Yogi Adityanath is completely determined to get one built as he confirmed his last year’s announcement on this morning of Diwali.
He stated, “There will be a statue of Lord Ram here that would be a tourist attraction. Its particulars will be decided according to the land” while visiting Ayodhya last evening for Diwali celebrations.
The Chief Minister while hinting that this would be another mega project akin to the statue of Sardar Patel in Gujarat, added, “The statue will be placed indoors, inside a temple. It will be a grand statue and it will become a signpost for Ayodhya”.
Concerning the planned temple at the controversial site of Ramjanmabhoomi, he stated, “The temple was here and will be here but whatever happens will be within the parameters of the Constitution”.
The government of Uttar Pradesh had announced its intention to construct a landmark statue of Lord Ram last year, but there seems to be no development ever since. The government still has to acquire the land for the statue, the construction of will be done by way of partial crowd-funding.
The tinkle concerning the statue construction began with renewed demands for a Ram temple in Ayodhya.
Adityanath who was expected to make an announcement yesterday, at the grand finale of 3-day festival of Diwali in Ayodhya, however, dodged the issue.