New Delhi, Aug 21: After facing flak for his controversial statement over the Ramjanmabhoomi dispute, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Tuesday sought to explain himself by adding that even a majority of Muslims wanted a Ram temple on the disputed site. “Just like the other devotees of Lord Ram, I also want that Ram temple be constructed in Ayodhya at the earliest. Currently, the matter is being heard in the Supreme Court. We are waiting for its judgment. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has always been in favour of the construction of Ram temple. It’s not a political issue, rather it’s about our faith,” he told news agency ANI. (Also read: Maurya Pitches For Bill in Parliament to Build Ram Temple)

He went on to criticise the Congress for looking at the dispute as a political issue. “We have a majority in Lok Sabha, but we don’t have the numbers in the Rajya Sabha to pass a bill for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. A majority of Muslims also want the Ram temple to be made, but due to some political reasons, especially the Congress does not want consecutive hearings in the Supreme Court. They do not want Ram temple to be built in Ayodhya,” he added. (Also read: Matter Sub-judice so Maurya’s Remark Obnoxious, Says Owaisi)

On Monday, Maurya had said that there were two ways to resolve the dispute; either a dialogue could be started among the stakeholders or a law could be passed in Parliament to resolve it. “There is demand from saints to resolve the issue at the earliest. If there is any delay in the judgment, there are other options, such as dialogue or passing a law in Parliament. But the signals we are getting indicate that there would not be any delay,” he had said. The 16th century Babri Masjid was razed on December 6, 1992, allegedly by Hindu activists, claiming that the mosque was constructed after demolishing a Ram temple that originally stood there. Since then, the matter has been in the Supreme Court.