Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh): Branding the announcement of the construction of a Ramayana Museum instead of constructing a Ram Temple at Ayodhya as a "big mistake" on the part of the BJP-led Central Government, party Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Katiyar on Tuesday said the move is a "lollipop" to please the people who are demanding construction of a temple.
The BJP and Hindutva extremist leaders are demanding construction of Ram Temple at the disputed site where Babri Masjid stood till 1992 but demolished by them on Decemeber 6, 1992. A case pertaining to the ownership of the disupted site is pending in the Supreme Court.
"It's a big mistake. Effort should be made to construct Ram Mandir (temple). This "lolipop" (handing over Ramayana Museum as lollipop to please the people who are demanding the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya) won't work.
"People ask when will be the Ram Temple constructed? This (Ramayana Museum) is a lollipop, it doesn't have much importance, and thus, they should make positive effort. I would have said this had I been there. It's good that I did not go there," Katiyar told ANI.
Katiyar said though he welcomes the step to build Ram Temple but nothing is worth the effort until the Ram Temple is constructed.
He also said that either through dialogue or by the means of legal procedure, all parties should come together to get the Ram Temple constructed in Ayodhya
"This is a good step. I welcome it. They will help Ayodhya develop. But till the time they don't build a Ram temple in Ayodhya, you decorate the city it does not matter. All parties should come together and build the Ram temple. All parties should sort out the differences through dialogue or through legal means," said Katiyar.
According to reports, the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre is planning to build a museum dedicated to Hindu lord Rama in Ayodhya.
The Union Ministry of Culture is also learnt to have increased the museum grant from Rs. 175 crore to Rs. 225 crore so that a state of the art museum can come up in the ancient town celebrated in Hindu epics as the seat of Lord Rama's birthplace and kingdom.