AAP MLA from Greater Kailash, Saurabh Bhardwaj said on Thursday that a huge statue of Hanuman Ji should be built in the Ram temple complex.
New Delhi| AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj on Thursday said he will make a formal request to the Ram Janmabhoomi Trust to build a grand statue of Lord Hanuman at Ayodhya.
He said, “I think the huge statue of Hanuman ji should be built in the Ram temple complex because he was closest to Lord Rama. Hanuman ji is a symbol of selfless service.”
The comments come days after Bhardwaj announced that ”Sundar Kand” prayers will be recited on Tuesdays in different parts of his constituency in Greater Kailash to seek the blessings of Lord Hanuman.
During the election campaign, the BJP had slammed Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal for repeatedly visiting Hanuman temple. Kejriwal also recited ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ during a TV program earlier this month.
Bhardwaj said on Tuesday, “I am a Hindu. Arvind Kejriwal is a Hindu. No one can deny this fact. I have religious freedom. If I am getting Sunderkand done, it does not make me less progressive. Being progressive does not mean you are an atheist.” He said, “There is no election today, so it should not be taken as a political thing. The controversy arose when the BJP asked the Chief Minister to visit the Hanuman temple Raised the question while the priest of the temple said that he has been visiting this temple for years. “
He said, “Is the BJP having trouble with the fact that there is someone else who is a Hindu. My Hindutva is that I am a Hindu and I do not hate any other person who follows his religion. I believe that I am a good Hindu. Lord Hanuman and Lord Rama decide who is the best Hindu.”
Criticising the AAP leader, former Delhi government media advisor Nagendar Sharma said his announcement was “disappointing”.
“Disappointed to see a competent legislator with progressive outlook fall into the fallacious trap of trying to outdo BJP in its game,” Nagender Sharma said in a tweet.