BJP, Cong in epic battle over Sita Mata temple in Lanka a time when the nation is debating Ram Mandir, BJP and Congress in Madhya Pradesh have locked horns over construction of ‘Sita Mata temple’ in Sri Lanka – a promise of former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan that never went beyond the planning stage.

On Monday, MP minister for religious trusts and endowments, P C Sharma, alleged that the Chouhan government hadn’t done anything about the proposed Sita Mata temple and that the Congress government will bring it fruition.

He claimed that Chouhan had announced the temple project to “win praise but failed to fulfil his promises”.

“What BJP government and Shivraj Singh Chouhan could not do, the Congress government will. We will fulfil all those commitments. We do not believe in nautanki or announcements. We will survey the projects and complete them before claiming any success,” Sharma said.

MP government hurting sentiments of Hindus: Shivraj Chouhan

Sharma said that the govt will undertake all religious works promised in the ‘Vachan Patra’ and complete the ‘Ram Van Gaman Path’ too.

Chouhan took exception to the Congress govt’s decision to survey and reassess the site for Sita Mata temple in Sri Lanka, and tweeted: “Officers of CM Kamal Nath will visit Sri Lanka to verify whether Sita Mata was abducted or not. Noting could be more ridiculous than this.”

He accused the state government of “hurting the sentiments of crores of Hindus by announcing to probe things that are an open truth”. “Congress government discontinued several projects started by the BJP government. I urge CM Kamal Nath to take up these projects and complete them at the earliest. It should also build a statue of Adi Shankaracharya at Omkareshwar, set up Adwait Vedant Sansthan and Adi Shankaracharya museum, too,” said Chouhan.

It was in 2010 that Chouhan, who was then CM, visited Sri Lanka and spoke of building a Sita Mata temple there. However, nothing much happened beyond ‘financial assistance’ of Rs 1 crore for the project six years later. Chouhan said the necessary permissions had already been obtained from Sri Lankan government and the Centre.

Still, there was no progress on the ground. In 2016, the BJP government sent a team to visit the site — within a Buddhist monastery in Divurumpola, about 15km from Nuwara Eliya, a city in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. Local belief is that Goddess Sita’s ornaments are still buried under a raised platform there.

Times of India

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