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Rahul Gandhi should support Ram temple construction to honour his Brahmin credentials: Uma Bharti

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Thursday appealed to to honour his "Brahmin credentials" by supporting the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhaya.

Describing the as "obstructionist" in construction of the temple, Bharti said the party is trying to "disturb" the atmosphere and is playing on the issue.

Bharti's remarks came on the 26th anniversary of the Babri mosque's demolition in Ayodhya by activists in 1992.

"For the sake of his janeu -- a sacred thread wear by Hindus -- and to honour his credentials, should come forward and support the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhaya. He should convey it to that he will support ordinance on this issue," Bharti told reporters here.

The has described Gandhi-scion as "janeu-dhari Hindu" (one who wears sacred thread). Similarly, last month a at Pushkar in said his gotra is Dattatreya Kaul brahmin.

Noting all these developments, Bharti said she is hopeful about him on this issue as for the first time the Congress is telling its "janeu-dhari" Hindu and Dattaterya Kaul brahmin.

"He undertook a pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar. His party is saying he is a Lord Shiv devotee, if it is really so then he should support the construction of the temple," she said.

Emphasising that the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhaya is a nationalist work, she urged all political leaders, including Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati, Trinamool Congress and (Marxist)Sitaram Yechury, to support this noble cause.

Bharti, a leading figure of movement, has been saying the Ayodhya dispute is of land and not of faith. It has been resolved long back that Ayodhya is the birth place of Lord Ram.

Terming Hindus as the "most tolerant" people in the world, Bharti had said any talk of constructing a mosque on the periphery of a Ram temple in Ayodhya could make them "intolerant".

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 20:55 IST