New Delhi: Days after Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya courted controversy by raking up the issue of Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said the date for construction of a grand Ram temple will be set by Lord Ram himself. “What has to happen at a given time will happen at that time only. No body can stop if once it is ordained by the gods,” stated UP CM while addressing  a conclave in organised by a Hindi newspaper in Lucknow.

He also pointed out how previous state governments were afraid of visiting the temple town of Ayodhya and added that he has visited the holy town, so that it can be developed to the level it should be.

On being asked about education, mahant turned politician said,”For years a section of the society was being deprived of modern and technical education and his government is committed to changing it. Children of a specific section are being deprived of modern education and restricted to ‘mazhabi shiksha’ (religious education). We have decided to change it and hence we have initiated modernization of Madarsas.”

Adityanath also rubbished charges of government laxity in the Deoria incident where girls and women were sexually abused in a government-run shelter home. “We acted immediately and the guilty have been brought to book.”

He also ridiculed the Opposition unity efforts ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, saying non-BJP parties were ganging up to create political instability in the country, a charge refuted by the Congress. “This “mahagathbandhan” (grand alliance) would never work as there is confusion over who would be its leader,” Yogi claimed.