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Ram Temple: Lack of majority in Rajya Sabha puts BJP in a tight spot

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Citing lack of majority in the Rajya Sabha, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that it has become difficult for the BJP government to make law for construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Last year, in the run up to the elections, BJP had put the construction of the temple in Ayodhya as one of the foremost promises in its election manifesto.

“BJP does not have a majority in Rajya Sabha, so this time it is not possible to bring motion in the Parliament to make law for the construction of Ram temple,” said the BJP leader in his interaction with PTI.

When asked if BJP will bring the motion for a Ram temple if it gets a majority in Rajya Sabha in the days to come, Singh said, “It is an imaginary question.”

The Union Home Minister was in attendance in the programme hosted by senior Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Nritya Gopal Das in Ayodhya on Sunday.

The ruling party has 45 members in the Upper House and it is unlikely that it will have the numbers during its current tenure. In the House of 243 members, Opposition has at least 132 MPs.

The BJP leader refused to answer questions related to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim saying, “I will speak some thing on Dawood in a day or two”.

This comes soon after the contradictory replies in Parliament on the whereabouts of Dawood Ibrahim, had cast the government into the spotlight.

Soon, however, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said that the underworld don lives in Pakistan and  the Centre would continue to pursue the case very seriously.

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Hindus in Ayodhya Donate Land to Muslims for Burial Ground to Pave Way for a Solution to Ram Temple Dispute

The land has been donated in Belarikhan village under the Gosaiganj Assembly constituency here

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The land has been donated in Belarikhan village under the Gosaiganj Assembly constituency here. Wikimedia Commons

In a gesture that could ease tension between Hindus and Muslim and, perhaps, pave the way for a solution to the Ram temple dispute, Hindus in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya district have donated land to Muslims for a burial ground.

The land has been donated in Belarikhan village under the Gosaiganj Assembly constituency here. The land had been a bone of contention between the two communities for years until now. Surya Kumar Jhinkan Maharaj, a local seer, and eight other shareholders, signed the registered deed for 1.25 bissas of land on June 20 to bury the dispute forever.

The other signatories to the land deed are Ram Prakash Bablu, Ram Singar Pandey, Ram Shabad, Jiya Ram, Subhash Chandra, Rita Devi, Vindhyachal and Awadhesh Pandey.

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The other signatories to the land deed are Ram Prakash Bablu, Ram Singar Pandey, Ram Shabad, Jiya Ram, Subhash Chandra, Rita Devi, Vindhyachal and Awadhesh Pandey. Wikimedia Commons

“The land belonged to Hindus as per records. It is by the side of a graveyard and some Muslims have buried their dead on the land. There were disputes and tension. But now, we have settled the matter,” said Jhinkan Maharaj.

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The deed is now in favour of the Qabristan Committee, Gosainganj and it will soon be entered in revenue records,” said Vais Ansari, President of the Qabristan Committee. Sub-registrar S.B. Singh confirmed the transfer of land to the Muslims for the graveyard and said: “It’s a gift from the Hindu community through a proper deed and stamp duty.”

Khabbu Tiwari, the local BJP MLA who took the initiative, said: “The tradition of Hindu-Muslim brotherhood here is not new. This was a small token of love from Hindus to Muslims. I hope this amity will continue.” (IANS)