New Delhi: Deputy Chief Minister of the national capital Manish Sisodia has suggested building a university at the site of the disputed Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya. In an interview to NDTV on Sunday, Sisodia said, “My stand is that with a consensus from both sides (Hindus and Muslims), let’s build a good university at that place.”
“Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Indian, foreigner — students from all communities may attend that university and from there should spring Lord Ram’s ideals. Ram Rajya would come if we teach our children and not by building a mandir,” Sisodia said when asked what was the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) stand on Ram Mandir debate.
Recently, Congress including other parties had tried to corner the ruling BJP on the Ram temple issue. The Congress had been accusing the BJP of raising the temple issue only when elections are around the corner. BJP’s estranged ally Shiv Sena had also stressed that the Ram temple is an issue of faith and demanded that the government come out with an Ordinance soon.
The long-standing matter is pending before the apex court for its final resolution. Earlier, the court had asked the stakeholders of the issue to resolve the matter amicably out of the court.
Without taking any particular name, Sisodia slammed the political parties of spreading casteism at university levels “by appointing Vice Chancellors subscribing to Hindutva who try to impose it on the students”.
“On one hand, you talk about ‘Digital India’ but your actions resemble that of Vijay Mallya,” Sisodia said.
Talking about the Lok Sabha elections due next year, Sisodia said the AAP government would be focusing on all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi.
“We will also keep our focus on Punjab and Haryana for the 2019 elections,” he said.
When asked whether Delhi Police should be with the state government, Sisodia remarked that even if his government plans to take an action, it never gets implemented on the ground level because of different governments controlling different authorities in Delhi.