Lalu Prasad’s son Tej Pratap says RJD, not BJP, will build Ayodhya temple

Tej Pratap Yadav

PATNA, March 11,2018: Known for making controversial remarks, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad’s elder son and former Bihar health minister Tej Pratap Yadav once again stirred a hornet’s nest.

At an event in Bihar on Friday he said that his party RJD would build the Ram Mandir at Ayodhya.

Speaking at a wrestling event at Biharsharif, about 80 km north west of Bihar’s capital Patna, on Friday, Tej Pratap had said, “Ram temple at Ayodhya will be built by the Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, the most backward people, the poor, and dalits. All these people will reach Ayodhya and build the Ram temple and the day we build the temple, the BJP-RSS tie up will come to an end as they will run out of agenda.”

However, when his statement went viral on social media, Tej Pratap tweeted and issued a statement that he was speaking about a ‘secular temple’.

“What I had said at the dangal (wrestling) programme at Biharsharif that the BJP has always talked about building Ram Mandir but it has never come up with a date. We will build a temple where people from all religions — Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christians — would pray together. It will be a temple for all mankind, and then the BJP will run out of the temple issue (sic),” he tweeted.

This is not the first time Tej Pratap has issued a controversial statement. His earlier remarks on many issues have stirred controversies and condemnation from opposition parties.