Karnataka's higher education minister, Dr CN Ashwath Narayan, stated on Wednesday that the decision to build a Ram Mandir in Karnataka is to be announced in coming state budget.
Bengaluru: Karnataka’s higher education minister, Dr CN Ashwath Narayan, stated on Wednesday that the decision to build a Ram Mandir in Karnataka that is comparable to the one in Ayodhya will be announced in the upcoming state budget.
The minister assured reporters at Suvarna Soudha in Belagavi that a Ram Mandir comparable to the one being built in Ayodhya would be built in Karnataka.
Narayan, who is also minister in charge of Ramanagara district, sought the chief minister, Basavaraj Bommai, to form a development committee in order to construct a temple at Ramadevarabetta that would be similar to the Ram temple in Ayodhya.
He had urged in a letter to Bommai and Muzrai Minister Shashikala Jolle that Ramadevarabetta in the Ramanagara district be developed as the Ayodhya of south India, as well as a historical and tourist site,
The 19 acres of land at Ramadevarabetta that belong to the Muzrai department are to be used for the construction of the Ram temple, Narayan said.
Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leader and former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy criticised the minister for his proposal to construct a Ram Mandir with the state’s assembly elections just a few months away.
The state government’s proposal to invite Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, to lay the cornerstone for the projected Ram Mandir at Ramadevarabetta was also opposed by the former chief minister.
“The chief minister of Uttar Pradesh need not come.” In that sense, Karnataka is not bankrupt.
According to Kumaraswamy Ramanagara, this is his constituency, and he would not permit outsiders to carry out any activities there. I have enough strength, thanks to God. There is no need to bring someone from another state and do anything here. My relationship with Ramanagara is just like that of a mother and a child.