New Delhi: Yoga guru Ramdev‘s comment on Ram being a common ancestor of both Hindus and Muslims has evoked a reaction from AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi. (Also read: Amit Shah Asks Oppn to Clear Stand on Ayodhya)Also Read - Work On Super-Structure Of Ayodhya Ram Temple Begins; Plinth To Be Ready By August 2022. Details Here
Ramdev had said that “Ram matra Hindu hi nahin, musalmano ke bhi purvaj hain (Ram isn’t the ancestor of only Hindus but also of Muslims),” to which Owaisi said, “I would like to tell him to keep his beliefs to yourself, imposing your beliefs is wrong. The RSS and the Sangh Parivar make such statements every time. We are Muslims by choice, nobody forced our ancestors.” Also Read - Gyanvapi Masjid Thi, Aur Qayamat Tak Rahegi: Asaduddin Owaisi | WATCH
Talking to news agency ANI, Ramdev had said, “Ram Mandir will be constructed in Ayodhya. It will not be constructed in Mecca-Medina or Vatican City. This is undisputed truth that Ram’s birthplace is Ayodhya and He is not only Hindu but also the ancestor of Muslims.” Also Read - Hyderabad Killing: We Don't Stand With Murderers, Says Asaduddin Owaisi
Ramdev was in Nadiad town in Kheda district to take part in a Yoga Shivir organised by Santram temple. He also said that the Ram temple issue should not be linked to the vote bank politics.
Meanwhile, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has suspended its campaign for the construction of Ram Temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya till Lok Sabha Elections 2019 which are due in April-May.
The organisation has been running a campaign across the country over the issue but decided to give it a break as it didn’t want it to become an election issue.
Announcing the decision, VHP’s international joint general secretary Surendra Jain said, “The VHP has decided to suspend its campaign for constructing the Ram Temple at Lord Ram’s birthplace in Ayodhya till the general election process gets over, as the organisation does not want it to become an election issue.”
He added that the future course of action in relation to the matter would be decided after the new government was formed.