PM announces trust for construction of Grand Ram Mandir in Ayodhya

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced in Lok Sabha the formation of a trust to construct a Ram Temple in Ayodhya as directed by the Supreme Court in its landmark verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case in November last year.

Making a statement in the lower house soon after the meeting of the Union Cabinet, Modi said, “We have readied a scheme for the development of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. A trust has been formed, it is called ‘Shri Ram Janambhoomi Teertha Kshetra.”

Since Parliament is in session, the government decided to inform the House on the important decision taken by the Cabinet.

The prime minister said that after the verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi issue came out, the people of India displayed remarkable faith in democratic processes and procedures.

“I salute the 130 crore people of India,” he said.

“Let us all support construction of a grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya,” he said, amid “Jai Shri Ram” slogans from treasury benches.

The Supreme Court had directed the government to form the trust within three months and the deadline was ending on February 9.

Modi said in India, be it Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Parsis or Jains, everyone is a part of one “broad family”.

“Development must take place for every member of the family. Our government is moving forward with the mantra of ‘sabka sath sabka vikas’ so that everyone is happy,” he said.

Seeking to emphasise the importance of the announcement, Modi repeated twice “Aayee Aayee” (Come come) before urging all members to support in one voice the construction of the Ram Temple.

Modi said after the verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi issue came out, people displayed remarkable faith in democratic processes and procedures. I salute the 130 crore people of India.

It has also been decided to transfer 67.703 acre land to the trust, he said, adding the Uttar Pradesh government has agreed to give five acres of land to the UP Sunni Wakf Board as directed by the Supreme Court in the Ayodhya matter.

UP govt allots five acres of land to Waqf Board 25-km from temple site

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday allotted five acres of land in Ayodhya district to the Sunni Central Waqf Board as directed by the Supreme Court.

The land is in Dhannipur village in tehsil Sohawal in Ayodhya on the Lucknow highway, about 18 kilometres from the district headquarters and 25-km from the temple site, state government spokesperson Shrikant Sharma told reporters.

The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday morning.

“The state government had sent three alternatives for land to the Centre. This one was accepted by the Centre and state cabinet has approved its allotment. There is good transportation facility to reach here and communal amity and law and order are also good,” Sharma added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in Lok Sabha the formation of a trust to construct a Ram Temple in Ayodhya as directed by the Supreme Court in its landmark verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case on November 9 last year.

Making a statement in the lower house soon after the meeting of the Union Cabinet, Modi said, “We have readied a scheme for the development of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. A trust has been formed, it is called ‘Shri Ram Janambhoomi Teertha Kshetra.”

The Supreme Court had directed the government to form the trust within three months and give five acres of land to the Sunni Central Waqf Board. The deadline was ending on February 9.

One of trustees to be Dalit, says Shah

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday announced that the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra, set up by the government for construction of a temple in Ayodhya, will have 15 trustees and one of them will be from the Dalit community.

The home minister’s statement comes a little over an hour after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in Lok Sabha about the constitution of the trust.

“There will be 15 trustees in the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra Trust out of which one trustee will always be from the Dalit society,” he tweeted.

Shah congratulated Modi “for such an unprecedented decision” that strengthens social harmony.

The home minister said the trust will be independent to take every decision related to the temple and 67 acres of land will be transferred to it.

“I fully believe that the waiting of millions of people for centuries will be over soon and they will be able to pay obeisance to Lord Shri Ram in his grand temple at his birthplace,” he said.

The 15 Trustees

K Parasharan: Senior advocate of the Supreme Court. Represented the Hindu side in the Ayodhya case for 9 years.

Jagatguru Shankaracharya Swami Vasudevanand Saraswatiji Maharaj (Prayagraj): Shankaracharya of Jyotish Peeth at Badrinath.

Jagatguru Madhwacharya Swami Vishwa Prasannathirtha Ji Maharaj: 33rd Peethadheeshwar of Pejawar Math lin Udupi.

Yugpurush Parmanand Ji Maharaj: Head of Akhand Ashram Haridwar.

Swami Govind Dev Giri Ji Maharaj: Conducts discourse of Ramayana, Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata and other mythological texts.

Vimlendra Mohan Pratap Mishra: Descendant of Ayodhya royal family. Social servant and member of the Ramayana Mela Sanrakshak Samiti.

Dr Anil Mishra, Homoeopathic Doctor: Originally a resident of Ambedkarnagar, Anil is a famous homeopathy doctor of Ayodhya.

Shri Kameshwar Chaupal, Patna (SC Member): The Sangh has given Kameshwar the status of Karsevak at first. Laid the first brick of the foundation stone in the Ram temple in 1989.

A trustee nominated by the Board of Trustees, who is a Hindu.

A trustee nominated by the Board of Trustees, who is a Hindu.

Mahant Dinendra Das: Head of Ayodhya meeting of Nirmohi Akhara of Ayodhya. Will not have the right to vote in trust meetings.

A representative nominated by the central government, who will be a Hindu and an IAS officer under the central government. This person shall not be below the rank of Joint Secretary to the Government of India. Will be an ex-officio member.

A representative nominated by the state government, who will be a Hindu and an IAS officer.

The Collector of Ayodhya District will be an ex-officio Trustee. Should be follower of Hinduism. If the collector is not a Hindu, then the Additional Collector (Hindu) of Ayodhya will be an ex-officio member.

The Board of Trustees shall appoint the Chairman of the matters relating to the Ram Temple development and administration. Must be a Hindu.