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Talk of building mosque close to Ram temple can make Hindus intolerant: Uma Bharti

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

said Sunday while Hindus were the "most tolerant" people in the world, any talk of constructing a mosque on the periphery of a in could make them "intolerant".

The also invited to lay the foundation stone of the temple in with her, saying he would "atone for the sins" of his party by doing so.

"Hindus are the most tolerant community in the world. I will appeal to all politicians: please don't make Hindus intolerant by talking about building a mosque on the outer periphery of the birthplace of Lord Ram in Ayodhya," Bharti told in an interview.

She said when there could not be a temple in the holy town of or a mosque in the Vatican City, it would be "unfair" to talk about a mosque in

Describing the as one of land and not faith, the firebrand Hindu said, "This is now only a matter of dispute of land, not dispute of faith. It has been resolved that Ayodhya is the birth place of Lord Ram."

She also stressed the need for an out-of-court settlement of the contentious issue, and urged all political leaders including Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav, BSP Mayawati and to support this.

"We need support of all political parties on this issue. I invite all leaders including, Rahul Gandhiji, come let's lay the foundation stone of the with me," Bharti said.

By doing so, the Gandhi-scion could atone for the past sins of the Congress, which always created "hurdles" in building the temple in Ayodhya, she said.

SP supremo Mulayam Singh, Banerjee, Mayawati and the Left parties should support the BJP on this issue as it is of national interest, she said.

"But they aren't letting the matter get resolved. The will have to quit the habit of dividing the country in the name of religion," Bharti said, reiterating that all political parties should unite on this issue.

Bharti, who had participated in the movement of the 1990s, said she was fully committed to the construction of

"If they tell me that will be built only over my dead body, then so be it," she said.

Bharti, known as firebrand hindu of the party, has in past also pitched for early construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, November 04 2018. 14:40 IST