During a meet with reporters where the assembly polls are set to start in Madhya Pradesh’s capital Bhopal, Digvijaya Singh who is the ex-chief minister shared, “I follow Sanatana Dharma, and I am a good Hindu… However, the use of religion in elections is prohibited”.
“In the construction of Ram Mandir, Shivraj Singh Chouhan gave ₹1 lakh, while I gave ₹1.11 lakh. I sent that cheque to PM Modi to submit to the trust. He sent it back and asked me to submit it myself. I submitted it”, he said to news agency ANI.
Singh’s remark comes just a few days after he was dragged into a war of words with incumbent chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on the topic of organizing ‘Kanya Puja’ at his residence on the last day of Navratri.
The Congress leader criticized the chief minsiter and tagged him as a ‘dramebaaz’. “Don’t talk about the chief minister. I have never seen such a liar chief minister. I have never seen such a person engaged in drama. Now, even PM Modi is scared of him”, he had said.
Giving a befitting reply to the Congress leader, Chouhan had said, “When the whole nation was doing ‘kanya pujan’ yesterday, Digvijaya Singh ji called this ‘natak-nautanki’. People like you can’t tolerate the respect given to women.I ask Mallikarjun Kharge and Sonia Gandhi that is worshipping our daughters a ‘nautanki’? Congress should clear its stand on this”.
BJP is undoubtedly wanting to keep up with its power in Madhya Pradesh. The polls are likely to take place in MP from 17 November 2023. The saffron party got its power after the Congress government collapsed in 2020. The total counting of the votes in the assembly polls will take place on 3 December 2023.
It will be interesting to see how ministers take initiative all for the sake of publicity and building a good image just when the elections are approaching. After all, no one can deny that the project of the Ram temple in Ayodhya is pretty huge and several people have come forward to pay some amount to make it a grand affair in the world.
As per recent reports, the installation of Lord Rama in the Ayodhya Ram Mandir will take place in January 2024 and after that, visitors will be allowed to visit the temple. It will also be interesting to find out how several campaigns and initiatives are taking place before the inauguration of the huge temple in Ayodhya that marks the birthplace of Lord Rama.
With regards to donations, if you want to do something for the temple construction, you can simply buy books online from Ramakoti and start writing on them. For each completed book of Ramakoti, the publishers send some part of the money for the temple construction. That would be an ideal way to pay forward for the temple construction.