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UP Govt Cannot Build Ram Mandir Without Court Clearance: Union Minister Shiv Pratap Shukla

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Putting to rest rumours of the Uttar Pradesh state government building a Ram Mandir on the controversial Ayodhya land, Union Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla said that the state government cannot make the decision to build the temple in Ayodhya.

Shukla said that the decision to build the Lord Ram Temple would be taken based on the court's decision or consensus. The BJP leader who was in the Basti district of UP added that the party never fought the polls on the basis of 'Ram Mandir' construction.

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Construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya has been in discussion and in controversy for years, and the Babri Masjid demolition complicated the issue further as Hindu and Muslim communities called for constructing a Mandir/Masjid on the same piece of land.

Although the construction of the Ram Mandir is under question, the Yogi Adityanath-led government is taking several initiatives to boost 'religious' tourism in the city where it is said that Lord Ram was born.

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The UP state government is planning to build a 100m 'grand statue' of Lord Ram on the banks of the Saryu river in Ayodhya as a part of the goal to showcase "Navya Ayodhya". Apart from the statue, the government is also planning to set up a Ram Katha gallery on the river banks, and a multi-purpose auditorium on the premises of the Digambar Akhara.

However, the construction of the grand statue of Lord Ram will proceed only after the government secures the required clearances from the National Green Tribunal (NGT).