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Amit Shah did not say anything on Ram Mandir: BJP scrambles to clarify

Prime News, National (New Delhi), July 14:- The BJP has attempted to clear the air in the controversy over remarks reportedly made by BJP president over the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Shah allegedly made these remarks at a meeting of BJP leaders in Hyderabad. News agency IANS said the party’s national executive member Perala Sekharjee on Friday quoted Shah as saying, “Considering the developments, I believe that construction of Ram temple will begin before the coming general elections.”

The BJP’s clarification came after hours of controversy over Shah’s reported remarks. “Yesterday in Telangana, BJP President Shri @AmitShah didn’t make any statement on the issue of Ram Mandir as being claimed in certain sections of the media. No such matter was even on the agenda,” read a tweet from the BJP.

The BJP also sent out its leaders to suggest that Shah had been misquoted. “Yesterday he said BJP is committed to Ram temple and that now the matter is sub-judice. Personally, he wants it to be made, and hopefully the process may begin before the 2019 polls because of circumstances relating to courts and other aspects,” BJP leader NR Rao told news agency ANI.

The clarifications came after reports of the comments drew sharp reactions from political opponents, who question how Shah could have made such a comment on the issue, which is pending before the Supreme Court. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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