Ayodhya Ram temple: Congress asks Supreme Court to investigate land deal
Congress urged the Supreme Court to investigate the land deal in Ayodhya whereby land was allegedly purchased by the Ram Temple Trust for Rs 18.5 crore from buyers who had bought it minutes earlier for Rs 2 crore.
The opposition party has also called for a full audit of the money donated by people for the construction of the temple, arguing that Ram symbolizes faith and righteousness and that there can be no greater sin than to commit a fraud using the name of the Lord.
Sangh’s parivar organized a door-to-door fundraiser and raised around 3,000 crore rupees for a Ram temple in Ayodhya, after the Supreme Court paved the way for the construction of one.
“The Ram Temple Trust was established by the Prime Minister on instruction from the Supreme Court. The entire fundraising should be audited under the supervision of the court, ”Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala said on Monday.
“The Supreme Court should set up a special investigation team (SIT) to examine receipts, expenses and all cadastres,” he added.
On Sunday, during separate press briefings, leaders of the Aam Aadmi party and the Samajwadi party alleged fraud. Both parties have requested investigations from the CBI and the ED.
Congress highlighted the immorality of a fraud in Ram’s name to corner the RSS-BJP ahead of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, where the start of temple construction in Ayodhya could have been seen as a great achievement by the ruling party. .
Surjewala asked, “Will the prime minister respond who gives patronage to sinners?” Who is playing with the people’s faith in Lord Ram? How many more plots were purchased in the name of a temple in Ayodhya? “
He added, “Those who deceive the Gods will not spare human beings. Trading in the habit of faith is a sin. The BJP committed a sin by abusing the money donated for the construction of the temple.
As Congress addressed press conferences in Delhi and Lucknow and organized protests to demand the resignation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Rahul Gandhi set the tone by tweeting: “Lord Ram himself is justice, truth and religion. The fraud in his name is irreligious.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted: “Millions of people have contributed to the building of the temple through their faith and devotion. To misuse this money is anti-religion, a sin, an insult to their faith. “
The opposition sparked a huge ruckus to blunt the electoral advantage the BJP could have obtained by using the temple plank.
Temple-oriented speech will now create space for effective opposition intervention, and the BJP may be forced to moderate its rhetoric.
Giving the background, Surjewala said, “Kusum Pathak and Harish Pathak sold the land (12,080 square meters) on March 18 at 7:10 pm for Rs 2 crore to Ravi Mohan Tiwari and Sultan Ansari. On the same day at 7.15pm, Tiwari and Ansari sold the land to the Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Trust (via General Secretary Champat Rai) for Rs 18.50 crore.
“The witnesses to the two transactions are Anil Mishra and Rishikesh Upadhyay. Mishra is a member of the trust and a senior RSS official, and Upadhyay, a leader of the BJP, is the mayor of Ayodhya, believed to be close to both Yogi and Modi.
Surjewala said “the scandal is obvious” and argued that no conspiracy in the world has appreciated at this rate in five minutes. “It is interesting that Tiwari and Ansari got an electronic stamp certificate to sell at 5:22 pm, but the trust got the electronic stamp certificate at 5:11 pm itself,” he said.
Rai and Mishra both denied the wrongdoing. Rai said in a statement that the purchase was transparent and the amount paid was below the current market rate.