Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday hailed Narendra Modi for his inclusive approach and said that the Prime Minister took all sections of society along on the Ram Mandir issue.
Speaking in Lok Sabha during a discussion on the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya and the consecration ceremony on January 22, the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader described the Supreme Court verdict on Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid case as a reflection of India’s secular character to the world.
“In no other country has the majority community waited for so long for a matter related to its faith,” Amit Shah said.
Shah also said that the construction of the temple symbolises the transition from struggle to devotion, emphasising the journey from chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ to ‘Jai Sia Ram’.
Highlighting the cultural significance of the Ramayana to India’s heritage, Amit Shah stated that the Ram Mandir’s inauguration marked the completion of a 300-year-long struggle, heralding a new beginning for the country.
In his speech, Amit Shah also praised PM Modi for his leadership and the religious discipline he observed for 11 days leading up to the ceremony.
He commended all those who contributed to the prolonged struggle for the Ram Temple.
“Critics used to mock the BJP over its promises, alleging they were driven by electoral exigencies. The BJP and its leader Modi do what they say,” Shah said.
“The date of January 22 marks the beginning of the journey of great India. This day paves the way for Maa Bharti (mother India) to take us on the path of becoming Vishwaguru (world leader). It was a day that marked the hopes, aspirations and accomplishments of crores of devotees,” he added.
Amit Shah expressed confidence that the journey initiated on January 22 would continue, foreseeing the Modi government’s return to power in the 2024 general elections. He emphasised that the construction of the Ram Mandir followed legal and constitutional processes, with the BJP maintaining patience to ensure a harmonious environment in Ayodhya.
During the consecration ceremony, the senior BJP leader noted that no political slogans were raised, urging critics to accept the overwhelming popular sentiment and avoid undermining the atmosphere of joy and devotion.