New Delhi: The appointment of Nripendra Misra, a former aide of none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as the chairman for the construction committee of the much-hyped Ram temple in Ayodhya has definitely created enough buzz around the town. Also Read - ‘Inspiring Gesture’: PM Modi Thanks Supreme Court Judges For Contributing to PM-CARES Fund
The newly formed ‘Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra’ Trust held its first meeting in Delhi earlier in the day since the Supreme Court’s historic verdict on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute and announced some of the key roles of the committee. However, the person who stole the spotlight was Nripendra Misra. Notably, Misra had held the post at the Prime Minister’s office as his Principal Secretary for five years till August 2019 and was considered one of Modi’s most trusted lieutenants. Also Read - Mamata Banerjee Writes to PM Modi, Seeks Rs 25,000 Crore Financial Assistance Amid Lockdown
This has caused many to believe that his appointment means PM Modi will personally attempt to ensure the smooth and uninterrupted construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. Also Read - Central Govt Decides to Receive Foreign Donations For PM-CARES Fund: Report
An Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS officer from 1967 batch, Misra completed his graduation from Allahabad University to go on to get his master’s degree from Harvard University. Before taking charge as PM Modi’s secretary, he had served many roles in the UP government, the Centre, the International Monetary Fund, World Bank as well as the Asian Development Bank.
His role as the chairman of Ram Mandir construction committee was not a mere coincidence. Misra was also the Principal Secretary to former UP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh during whose time the demolition of Babri Masjid took place. He also played a key role in the unfolding of the 2G scam, during his tenure as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman.
In today’s meeting, the committee also announced the appointment of some of the key members including Mahant Nritya Gopal Das who 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.
The muhurat for the beginning of the construction will be announced within the next fifteen days, while the construction of the temple is expected to take up to four years.