New Delhi: Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for grand Ram temple in Ayodhya, Congress MP Shashi Tharorr on Wednesday said Ram is not the property of BJP. Also Read - 10-Year-Old Indian Girl Makes it to Semi-Finals of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, Wows Judges With Her Impressive Singing | Watch

He went on to say that Ram was the ideal man whose image is deeply etched in the hearts and minds of millions of people across the country. Also Read - Under Pressure, Facebook Bans BJP MLA T Raja Singh For Hate Speech; Banned on Instagram Too

“Shri Ram is not the property of BJP. He is the ideal man whose image is deeply etched in the hearts and minds of millions. Gandhiji always sang his hymns and died with “Hei Ram” on his lips. He talked about a Ram Rajya where all would live in peace and prosperity. Can’t let His name be hijacked!,” the Congress MP said. Also Read - Shashi Tharoor-led Parliamentary Panel Grills Facebook India MD Ajit Mohan For 2 Hours Over 'Hate Speech' Row

He also added that the universal appeal of Ram and Sanatan Dharma cannot be commandeered by those who chant either hymns or slogans. “He belongs to all humanity. For Hindutva, Ram is a God to be worshipped; for Gandhiji Ram represented ideal qualities that every person should practise and seek to emulate,” he added.

PM Modi on Wednesday laid the foundation of the Ram temple in Ayodhya after offering prayers at the Hanumangarhi temple.

The Uttar Pradesh government said PM Modi became the first Indian premier to visit the Ram Janmabhoomi and the Hanumangarhi temple.

Reacting to the Ram Mandir Bhoomi Pujan event, the CPI on Wednesday lashed out at PM Modi, saying by equating the pursuit of the Ram Mandir with the struggle for India’s independence, he glorified acts that ruptured the secular fabric of India.