Bhopal: Union minister for water resources Uma Bharti said here on Monday there was no dispute on birthplace of Ramlala in Ayodhya now. What remained to be decided was who was the owner of the land.
Uma Bharti said, “The main dispute was whether it was Ram Janmbhoomi or not. This dispute saw a fight for about 400-500 years. About 3.60 lakh people had died on the issue. I was also prepared to die for it. But this has been decided by the Supreme Court which had ruled that the dome in the middle belongs to Ramlala. Now, the only dispute which remains to be solved is who is the present owner of the land- Waqf Board or Ram Janmbhoomi Trust.
The sadhvi who was replying to a question from journalists if BJP would go ahead on the issues of Ram Temple construction and Article 370 of the Constitution after its massive victory in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, said the best solution to the issue of ownership of the land could be achieved on Somnath temple pattern i.e. resolving the issue outside the court. If this was not possible then people would have to wait for the court’s judgment.
In reply to a question on the possibility of creation of small states carved out of Uttar Pradesh she said the BJP was in favour of small states. Uttrakhand, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand were created during the BJP regime only at the Centre. But now, she saw the possibility of demands for mainly two small states Vidarbha and Bundelkhand.
However, she said, there was some noticeable change regarding the demand on Bundelkhand state. When the issue was first raised for a separate Bundelkhand state then people from the region in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh both were in favour of a Bundelkhand state.
However, she added, after development in Bundelkhand region in Madhya Pradesh during the BJP regime people here were not for the demand anymore. Hence, the state reorganisation committee, if it was formed, would have to look into the fact as to which areas are to be added in place of Bundelkhad region of Madhya Pradesh for a new state.
She said the work of rejuvenation of the Ganges was going on well. The first phase might delayed by about 8 months but the same would be compensated in the last phase which was expected to be completed at least one year in advance.
She said since the BJP was a massive party now having its network across the country it had a major responsibility on its shoulders to live up to people’s expectations and indulge in self-examination all the time so that there was no mistake on its part. However, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi was alert and watchful that the party didn’t deviate from its path, she added.