New Delhi: Union Minister Uma Bharti said on Sunday that while the Hindus are the “most tolerant” people in the world but talks of building a mosque close to the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya can make them “intolerant”. In an interview to news agency PTI, Bharti also invited Congress President Rahul Gandhi to lay the foundation stone of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya to “atone for the sins” of his party.

“Hindus are the most tolerant community in the world. I will appeal to all politicians: please don’t make Hindus intolerant by talking about building a mosque on the outer periphery of the birthplace of Lord Ram in Ayodhya,” Bharti said.

Defending her statement, the union minister said that there couldn’t be a temple in Medina or a mosque in the Vatican City so, it would be unfair to talk about a mosque close to the Ram temple in Ayodhya. “This is now only a matter of dispute of land, not dispute of faith. It has been resolved that Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Ram,” she said.

Asserting that the need of the hour if an “out-of-court settlement” for the issue, the Hindu leader invited Rahul Gandhi, Samajwadi Party (SP) Akhilesh Yadav, BSP chief Mayawati, and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to support the cause to build a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

“We need the support of all political parties on this issue. I invite all leaders including, Rahul Gandhiji, come let’s lay the foundation stone of the Ram temple with me. But they (Mamata, Mayawati and Akhilesh) aren’t letting the matter get resolved. The Congress will have to quit the habit of dividing the country in the name of religion,” Bharti said.

Reiterating that all the political parties should unite to have a Ram temple on the disputed site, Uma Bharti said, “If they tell me that Ram Mandir will be built only over my dead body, then so be it.”

Bharti, earlier in the day, had said that the construction of Ram Mandir is her dream and she is ready to do everything for the construction of the temple. “I have actively participated in Ram Janambhoomi Andolan and hearing of a case is also underway in connection with it. And I am proud of it,” she said.