New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday while campaigning for the Jharkhand elections in Pakur said that the work on a grand Ram temple "touching the skies" will begin in Ayodhya within a span of four months. "The Supreme Court has given its verdict. Now within four months, a temple of Lord Ram touching the sky will come up in Ayodhya," Shah said at a rally. 

In its November 9 verdict, the Supreme Court had said that had handed the entire 2.77-acre land of the decade-old dispute over the Ayodhya land dispute to Ram Lalla for a Ram temple while it had ordered the central and state government to offer five-acre land at a prominent site to Sunni Waqf Board for the installation of the mosque. The top court had given three months to set up a trust for building the temple. 

Taking a dig at Congress, Amit Shah accused them of trying to block the Ram temple and also stalling the case in courts. The Congress could "neither keep the country safe, nor could it respect the emotions of its citizen," said Shah. "Should there not be a grand temple for Lord Ram in Ayodhya," he asked during the rally, drawing a resounding "yes" from his audience.

He also said that Congress and its allies have done little to develop Jharkhand, and sought to know why Hemat Soren-led JMM couldn't not wipe out naxalism when it was in power. Shah added that the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led BJP government created Jharkhand, and Modi led govt. worked for its development after burying Naxalism 20 feet under earth.

Targeting Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, the Home Minister said that he should give an account of the development work carried out by his party. He said Sahebganj Sahebganj in Jharkhand was once a trade corridor for countries in Asia and Europe, but "the Congress, during its rule in the state, ruined all business avenues". 

"Rahul Gandhi keeps asking why we mention Kashmir during our rallies in the state. He is wearing Italian glasses, has no idea that youth from the state shed blood on the borders to protect country," he added.

The voting to the fourth phase of Jharkhand Assembly elections commenced on Monday. The fifth and the last phase of voting is scheduled to be held on December 20 while counting of votes will take place on December 23.

Posted By: James Kuanal