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Allot 20 acres land for Buddhist temple in Ayodhya: Union MoS Ramdas Athawale

In its verdict last year, the Supreme Court gave the disputed land in Ayodhya to the Hindus for the construction of Ram temple in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit verdict.

Allot 20 acres land for Buddhist temple in Ayodhya: Union MoS Ramdas Athawale
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Union Minister of State (MoS) for Social Justice and Empowerment, Ramdas Athawale on Thursday announced that he will meet Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to demand land for the construction of a Buddhist temple in Ayodhya. 

“Nearly 20 acres should be allotted to Buddhists and a grand Buddhist temple should be constructed in Ayodhya. I will soon meet UP CM Yogi Adityanath regarding this,” Union MoS and Republican Party of India (A) chief Athawale was quoted in the media reports.

In its verdict last year, the Supreme Court gave the disputed land in Ayodhya to the Hindus for the construction of Ram temple in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit verdict. The apex court directed the UP government to give 5 acres of land to the Sunni Waqf Board at an alternate place in Ayodhya to build a mosque. 

However, Ramdas Atahwale has demanded 10 to 20 acres of land for the construction of a Buddhist temple. 

“If my demand is not considered, those of us who believe in the Buddhist thought will form a trust. We will acquire a piece of land in Ayodhya and construct a Buddhist temple there,” Athawale said. 

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There were many Buddhist temples in India during the time of Emperor Ashoka, Ramdas Athawale added while informing that the temples were constructed at several places with the influence of Guru Shankaracharya and Hindu religion. 

On Thursday, the members of Shri Ram Bhoomi Teerath Kshetra Trust (or Ayodhya Ram Mandir Trust) met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence and invited him to lay the foundation stone of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.  

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Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Champat Rai was appointed as the trust’s general secretary. A delegation of the Ayodhya Ram Mandir Trust met Narendra Modi and it was learned that the Prime Minister has urged the ‘Sangh Parivar’ to avoid “controversial statements”.

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