New Delhi: On a day when the 15-member Ram Mandir Trust met to finalise the panel members for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said that the government should provide the funds for the construction of mosque in Ayodhya. Also Read - Ram Mandir Trust Holds First Meet, Construction Date to be Announced in Fortnight

“The BJP is dividing people into communal lines. If the government can form a trust for the temple, why can it not give funds for the mosque too by forming another trust?” he asked. Also Read - First Meeting of Ram Temple Trust Today: Muhurat For Beginning of Construction, Inclusion of Ram Mandir Nyas Chief Among Key Agendas



The statement from the NCP chief comes at a time when the Ram Mandir Trust met for the first time today and selected its core committee members. It also decided that in the next meeting the date for the construction of the temple will be finalised. Also Read - Best of 2019: From Ram Mandir to Sabarimala, 5 Historic Judgments by Supreme Court

As per updates, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s former Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra will head the operations for construction of Ram Temple.



Mahant Nritya Gopal Das has been appointed as the chairman of the trust. Besides, Vishva Hindu Parishad President Champat Rai has been named General Secretary, while Govind Dev Giri will be the Treasurer of the trust.

While addressing the state conference of his party, Pawar said that the budget for Uttar Pradesh for the next financial year had nothing for farmers.

“The government has announced a monthly sop for the youth but it is doubtful whether the money will reach them. The need of the hour is to give the youth the right to work,” he said.

Saying that lack of opportunities in UP is driving people to cities like Mumbai in search of livelihood, Pawar called upon NCP workers to work to bring a change in the state and the country.

“People are fed up with the BJP and despite a high-profile campaign in Delhi, the party failed to make its mark,” he said.

During the meeting, he also asked the non-BJP parties to join hands together and throw the BJP out of power just the way it happened in Maharashtra.