NEW DELHI: Ahead of the August 5 ceremony in Ayodhya, Congress issued a statement on Friday supporting construction of the Ram temple. It also refused to be drawn into questions about the invites being forwarded for the ceremony, calling it the prerogative of the temple trust.
Congress spokesman Jaiveer Shergill said, “Indian National Congress whole-heartedly welcomed and welcomes the judgment of the Supreme Court paving the path for construction of the Ram mandir.” To a query, he said, “The decision regarding the participants, the methodology, the infrastructure, solely rests with the trust and the concerned individuals who have been invited to participate on this holy occasion.”
Senior Congress member Kamal Nath said, “I welcome the construction of the Ram temple. Countrymen had expected and longed for this. The construction of Ram temple is being done with the consent of every Indian.” The vocal support came in the backdrop of the post-2014 concerns in Congress that BJP had successfully painted it as anti-Hindu.


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