Union Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma arrived in Ayodha amidst high politics and demands for a Ram Mandir more than the ‘lollipop’ of a Ramayana Museum, stating that promoting tourism and development of the area is his key priority.
“I have come here to explore the prospects of developing the area, creating more employment opportunities for youths and promoting the city as a key tourism centre” Sharma said to reporters, adding that ”I will meet everyone including the saints, listen to their suggestions and then proceed to inspect a site for construction of a Ramayana museum dedicated to Lord Ram.”
Sangh leader Bajrang Dal national president Vinay Katiyar claimed that the move to construct a Ramayana museum as a ‘lollipop’ and said that Hindus would be satisfied with nothing less than a ‘beautiful and grand Ram Temple’ in Ayodhya.
The proposed Ram museum however has had the support from all sides, Centre and the State, but has stirred up further insistence for a Ram Mandir.
‘Why only Subramanian Swamy, every devotee of Ram wants the temple to be constructed soon. Until that happens we cannot live in peace. Be it through a bill in Parliament, through dialogue or a court verdict, the government has to find a solution’ said Katiyar.
The close timings of the construction of the Ram Museum has raised further questions of there being a political motive.
“Developing tourism in Ayodhya is good but, how come the Narendra Modi government thought of developing the Ramayana Sangrahalay (museum) and the state government of Ramleela theme park just before the Assembly polls,” BSP supremo Mayawati said in a release in Lucknow.
“Linking religion with politics and electoral gains by these governments is condemnable…had they really been so concerned about these issues, they would have thought about them long ago,” the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister said.