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New Delhi: Union Minister Mahesh Sharma said that the current NDA led government at the center is committed to building the Ram temple at Ayodhya. However, the government will wait for the Supreme Court’s verdict or arrive at a mutual understanding on building the shrine, he added.

He further said that government will fulfill the dream of million Indians by constructing the Ram temple.

The minister added that BJP is committed to doing that and even the people want it, the only problem is that the case is pending in the court.

Mahesh Sharma further said that the senior leaders of BJP will take a decision on the issue and he is not authorized to speak to media on the issue.

He said that a grand museum is also coming up at Ayodhya. The center has released a 170 crore fund for Ram Van Gaman Path Project which will uphold the ideals of Lord Rama.

On December 6th, 1992, Babri Mosque in Ayodhya was demolished by Hindu groups and since then a demand of construction of Ram temple is going on.

BJP as opposition always made it as a political agenda to build the Ram temple and this is the first time when they have the clear majority in the center.

Other Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that it is not a political matter and the steps cannot be taken without the orders of the court.

This comment is sure to spark the controversy. The ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh is calling it a political agenda as the assembly elections are getting closer.

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India Begins Its Election Season With Five States

The BJP has sent top leaders to campaign in Chhattisgarh.

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India began on Monday the first of five state elections to be held in coming weeks, important tests for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he plots a course that he hopes will ensure him victory in a general election due by May.

Voters in the central state of Chhattisgarh went to the polls on Monday to elect representatives for 18 of the state assembly’s 90 seats in a staggered poll complicated by logistical problems and left-wing guerrillas.

The state of about 26 million people has been ruled by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) since 2003, and he will be hoping to hold on to power.

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“Some unholy people have handed guns to children who should have pens in their hands,” Modi told a rally in the state on Friday, referring to the rag-tag guerrillas battling government forces from forest hideouts. “They’ve finished the lives of our tribal children.”

Hundreds of election workers had to be flown in to remote polling stations by helicopter because of the danger posed by the rebels.

Modi called for voters to back his BJP and its vision of “development for all.”

The final phase of voting in Chhattisgarh, which is known for its coal, iron ore and bauxite reserves, will be on Nov. 20.

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The BJP was the preference of about 43 percent of voters in Chhattisgarh, 7 percentage points ahead of the main opposition Congress party, according to a survey released last week by the Lokniti-Centre for the Study of Developing Societies.

Modi’s other big tests will be in the neighboring central state of Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP is slightly ahead of Congress, according to polls, and in the northwestern state of Rajasthan, where Congress is expected to emerge victorious.

A good performance by the BJP in the elections would help it deflect growing criticism over unemployment and a crisis in the countryside over falling farm prices and wages.

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Elections will also be held for assemblies in Telangana in the south and Mizoram in the northeast.

The BJP has sent top leaders to campaign in Chhattisgarh, including Yogi Adityanath, a firebrand Hindu priest and the BJP chief minister in Uttar Pradesh state.

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Adityanath has been appealing to the BJP’s Hindu-nationalist base and on Sunday accused the opposition of blocking construction of a temple for Hindu god Ram on a disputed site in Uttar Pradesh.

The destruction of a mosque on the site by a Hindu mob in 1992 sparked deadly riots across the country. (VOA)