New Delhi, August 20: A day after Keshav Prasad Maurya said that Centre could opt for the legislative route in Parliament for construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi said that the UP Deputy CM should not make such statements when the matter is still sub-judice in the Supreme Court.

“A responsible Deputy CM of a state govt makes such sort of atrocious and obnoxious statement, when the Ayodhya matter is pending in SC, he has no right to talk in this language,” Owaisi said, while speaking to ANI.

Notably, the Ram Janambhooni-Babri Masjid dispute has hit the headlines again after Maurya dropped a big hint on the construction of Ram Mandir saying ,”People have faith that the Supreme Court’s judgement will come soon and the obstacles in the constructions of Ram Mandir will be removed. Either the judgement will come soon or we’ll find a solution through dialogue. The third option of passing a law in the Parliament is also open,” Maurya had said.

He had claimed that if the grand Ram temple was built, it will be a “true tribute” to VHP stalwart Ashok Singhal, Mahant Sri Ramchandra Das Paramhans (former head of the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas in Ayodhya) and karsewaks who sacrificed their lives.

Following his statement, MNS chief Raj Thackeray accused the BJP of raking up the temple issue to cover up its “failure” on various fronts. “Ram Mandir should be built but the issue should not be used for the election campaign. The government has done nothing which it can showcase as development work. The issue of Ram Mandir is being raised to cover up the failure of the government,” he charged.