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Ram temple construction trust bill in winter session

While the government wants to begin the work of trust formation for the Ram temple right away, some existing trusts are vying for the deal

The government will bring the bill for construction of Ram temple in the winter session of Parliament starting on Monday. The bill will specify the nature, powers, number of members and financial powers of the trust. Apart from studying the Somnath Temple Trust, the Ministry of Home Affairs is constantly in talks with the legalists for building the trust.

According to sources, the government plans to introduce a bill for trust creation on the first or second day of the session. The trust will be similar to the six-member Somnath Temple Construction Trust but may have a larger number of members.

Sources say Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas president Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, one of the four Shankaracharyas, one from the VHP, one each from the Nirmohi Akhara will be made members of the trust. Whether the trust will have Home Minister Amit Shah and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, as the VHP wants, is not clear.

The issue here is that Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, president of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, had said on Wednesday that there was no need to create a separate trust for the Ram temple, as a trust already existed. The Supreme Court had ruled on 9 November that the Centre should build a trust for the construction of the temple. The Narendra Modi government has started the process.

Further, Nritya Gopal Das of the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas run by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has said, “Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas is already there. We can resize it and, as per the requirement, it can include new members.

However, people associated with the Ram temple movement have different opinions on this. Mahant Suresh Das of Digambar Akhara said when the Supreme Court had clearly stated that a new trust should be created, the order must be followed. “It is the responsibility of the central government to form a trust. It should not be formed by Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, but the people of the trust should be represented in the new trust,” he said.

Mahant Dinendra Das, head of Nirmohi Akhara, said, “Trust should be formed as per the court order. Nirmohi Akhara being a trust already, its members will decide whether to join the trust of the government or not.”

Triloki Nath Pandey of the VHP, who represented Ram Lalla Virajman in the court, said that the trust should be formed by the government itself and it should necessarily include representatives of the government as members. Nritya Gopal Das, president of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, should be made the chairman of the trust being created by the government.

Pandey said that the temple should be constructed on the basis of the model proposed by the VHP and that the temple building should use stones carved in the VHP’s workshop in its construction.

Pandey said once the government forms the trust, funds should be collected for the construction of the temple. “The trust should collect money from the Hindu community and government money should not be used for temple construction,” he said.

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