Now BJP wants another Ram statue, this time in Allahabad

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, News24: Even before there is a solution in sight for the on-going Ram Mandir issue, which has been going on since decades now, comes another announcement from the Uttar Pradesh government. This announcement comes in close heels of an announcement made by the Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.Now deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya has said that a statue of Lord Ram embracing fishermen king Nishad Raj will be installed in Shringverpur Dham on the banks of river Ganga, according to a report in Times of India.Is it yet another Hindutava push before the upcoming Lok Sabha elections of 2019? It needs to be noted that Kumbh is due in Allahabad (now Prayagraj).According to mythology, fisherman king Nishad Raj had offered to Sri Ram that he would sail them through the river Ganga when he was on exile.Deputy CM informed that Shringverpur is also known as 'Samrashtra' which if translated means social harmony and brotherhood.Maurya added that the concept was in a planning stage and that some major decisions will follow soon.There appears an ulterior motive behind this apparently religious fervour, as it is being seen as an attempt to woo the Most Backward Caste community, the Nishad. This can be seen as a ploy to make the SP and BSP, which are said to be championing the cause of the lesser privileged class of the society.Earlier Maurya had said that neither the petitioner nor the government can do anything in a matter pending before the court. He had also clarified that the installation of a grand statue of Lord Ram in Ayodhya should not be linked to the construction of a Ram temple.He said building Lord Ram's statue and the Ram Temple movement are two different issues."We feel Ayodhya should be developed, and every devotee of Lord Ram also feels the same. In the past 15 years, there has been no development of Ayodhya. After our government was formed, the development of Ayodhya started. Ayodhya will be developed keeping in mind the devotion and faith which Ayodhya Naath (Lord Ram) commands," he said.If BJP is mulling options to please the backwards Samajwadi party is also making all moves to make a dent into the forward caste.Training guns on the Samajwadi Party (SP), Maurya said those whose hands are stained with the blood of Ram 'bhakts' (devotees) are talking about constructing a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in Saifai.In August, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav announced that a grand city named after Lord Vishnu would be developed in the state, with a spectacular temple inspired by Cambodia's sprawling Angkor Wat, if his party comes to power.