Lucknow: Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Bukkal Nawab on Friday said that despite being a Muslim he wants a grand Ram Temple to be constructed in Ayodhya.
Speaking to news agency ANI, Nawab said, “I am a Muslim and respect Lord Ram a lot, want a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.
The SP leader promised to donate Rs 10 lakhs and a gold 'mukut' when the construction of the temple begins.
Recently, the issue of Ram Mandir has been gaining momentum with Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) unloading two trucks of stones at Ram Sewak Puram in Ayodhya.
VHP leader Praveen Togadia has expressed hope that Prime Minister Narendra Modi would ensure a grand Ram Mandir is built in Ayodhya as decided by the BJP national executive and promised in the Lok Sabha elections.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat has time and again pitched for the construction of a Ram temple at Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday claimed that work on the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya would start before this year-end and an action plan for that would be unveiled at a conference on January 9.
He, however, made it clear that the temple would not come up through a movement but only after the court verdict, which he hoped would come by August-September and with the mutual consent of Muslim and Hindu communities.