Video: If not a Ram Mandir, let there be a Ram statue: Is UP govt thinking on these lines?

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Nov 3: Has the Uttar Pradesh govt abandoned the plan of a Ram Temple and instead is in a mood to compromise with a Ram Statue instead? Is this why Yogi Adityanath went to see the Statue of Unity in Gujarat? Was he taking some cues?

 Plans are afoot to install a statue of Lord Ram on the banks of the Saryu river in Ayodhya, according to BJP leaders in Uttar Pradesh, suggest reports.    Rishikesh Upadhyay, the mayor of Ayodhya Municipal Corporation, told PTI, "There is a proposal to install a 151-metre-tall statue of Lord Ram on the banks of the Saryu river in Ayodhya...Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath may make an announcement on this on the occasion of Dev Deepawali."

    "The place where the statue will be installed will be finalised after the soil is tested. The statue is likely to come up in the vicinity of Sant Tulsidas Ghat. Officials are looking at two-three sites, after which they will pick the best one," Upadhyay, a BJP leader, added.    The BJP leader's remarks came days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated an imposing 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the country's first home minister, in Gujarat.

"Ram temple matter is sub-judice before SC, we can't do anything about it, but no one is stopping us from erecting a grand statue of 'Ram Lalla' in Ayodhya. If someone stops us we'll see...No one can stop us from developing Ayodhya," said UP Dy CM KP Maurya on lord Ram statue in Ayodhya.

    The Uttar Pradesh unit chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Mahendra Nath Pandey, said, "Yogi Adityanath, in addition to being the chief minister, is the 'peethadheeswar' (head) of a prominent 'peeth' and sant. He must have made some plans pertaining to Ayodhya, which is a place of religious interest, pilgrimage and also the birthplace of Lord Ram."    "Let Diwali come and you will get good news," he told reporters.  

With Agencies