New Delhi: With the controversy surrounding the Ram Temple in Ayodhya refusing to die down, National Commission for Minorities chief Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi Sunday said Ram Temple must be built in Ayodhya so that Muslims in the country can live peacefully and respectfully.

Reportedly, Rizvi said that the dispute should be resolved soon so that the severed ties between the two communities are strengthened. He added that some Muslim organisations had also sought the Commission’s intervention in the Ayodhya title suit case. As per media reports, Rizvi was quoted saying, “The National Minority Welfare Organisation and some other outfits have sent us reports that the Muslim community in the country is living in fear.”

Stating that the current atmosphere in the country needed to improve, Rizvi urged the Commission to undertake initiatives for the same. He added that the organisations wanted Muslims to come forward and help in the construction of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya for the peaceful co-existence of both the communities and that no such chaos erupts in the near future.

Rizvi said, “Even I believe that in Ayodhya, neither mosques can be built, nor namaz can be offered. The place has a sentimental value for 100 crore Hindus. Therefore, Hindus must be allowed to build a Ram temple there (Ayodhya) so that Muslims can live peacefully, respectfully and without any fear, while contributing to the development of the nation.”

Rizvi, a former national general secretary of the BJP Minority Morcha, took over as chairman of the National Minorities Commission last year.

On a related note, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday while addressing a gathering in Kawardha had alleged that “Congress was the biggest obstruction in the construction of Ram mandir in Ayodhya.” He went on to say, “Jo Congress Ram ki nahi ho sakti woh hamare bhi kisi kaam ki nahi ho sakti.”

Uttar Pradesh minister Shrikant Sharma had also reiterated the same that Congress is the biggest obstruction in the construction of a Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Sharma alleged that the party members and activists were opposing the building of Ram Setu- a mythological bridge between India and Sri Lanka and rather engaging in “cow slaughtering”.