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Buddha statue should be installed at disputed site in Ayodhya: BJP Dalit MP

Phule's statement comes at a time when right-wing organisations have renewed the demand for construction of a Ram temple

Press Trust of India  |  Gonda (UP) 

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Amid growing demands for a Ram temple, Savitribai Phule, the MP from Bahraich, has called for installing a statue of Lord Buddha at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

"Excavations carried out at the disputed site in Ayodhya on the directions of the high court had found certain things associated with Lord Buddha," Phule claimed.

"Therefore, a statue of Lord Buddha should be installed at the same place," she told newspersons on Friday night.

"I want to make it clear that Bharat belonged to Buddha, and Ayodhya is the place of Buddha. Therefore, a statue of Buddha should be installed there," she said.

To a question on reports about Rajya Sabha member Rakesh Sinha bringing a private member's bill for construction, she said, "India is a secular country according to its Constitution which has given equal guarantee of security to all religions ... The nation should be run as per the Constitution."

Phule's statement comes at a time when right-wing organisations have renewed the demand for construction of a in Ayodhya.

First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 14:50 IST
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