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Lord Ram Belongs to Everybody, BJP Doesn't Have Copyright Over Deity, Says TMC Leader

Banks of the River Sarayu are decorated on the eve of a groundbreaking ceremony of a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Ram in Ayodhya, India, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony follows a ruling by India's Supreme Court last November favoring the building of a Hindu temple on the disputed site in Uttar Pradesh state. Hindus believe their god Ram was born at the site and claim that the Muslim Emperor Babur built a mosque on top of a temple there. The 16th century Babri Masjid mosque was destroyed by Hindu hard-liners in December 1992, sparking massive Hindu-Muslim violence that left some 2,000 people dead. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Banks of the River Sarayu are decorated on the eve of a groundbreaking ceremony of a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Ram in Ayodhya, India, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony follows a ruling by India's Supreme Court last November favoring the building of a Hindu temple on the disputed site in Uttar Pradesh state. Hindus believe their god Ram was born at the site and claim that the Muslim Emperor Babur built a mosque on top of a temple there. The 16th century Babri Masjid mosque was destroyed by Hindu hard-liners in December 1992, sparking massive Hindu-Muslim violence that left some 2,000 people dead. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

The saffron party had recently alleged that the ruling party in Bengal 'always maintains a studied silence' when it came to matters of national and social interests.

Amid criticisms over its silence on the Ram temple 'bhoomi pujan' (groundbreaking ceremony) in Ayodhya, the TMC on Thursday said Lord Ram belonged to everyone, and the BJP doesn't have a copyright over the deity.

The saffron party had recently alleged that the ruling party in Bengal "always maintains a studied silence" when it came to matters of national and social interests.

State BJP president Dilip Ghosh had asked the TMC to clear its stand on Ayodhya's 'bhoomi pujan' ceremony. Rebuffing the allegation, senior TMC leader and Lok Sabha MP Sougata Roy said his party need not comment anything on the matter, as the construction of the temple was being undertaken in accordance with the orders of the Supreme Court.

"Lord Ram belongs to everybody. The BJP doesn't have a copyright over the deity. The saffron party should stop communalising Lord Ram," Roy told PTI.

He, however, insisted that the timing of the ceremony wasn't right, given the surge in COVID-19 cases everywhere.

"The construction of the Ram temple is being undertaken as per the orders of Supreme Court. So, the question whether we support it or not does not arise. As the pandemic has the country is its grips, and the economy is suffering a slowdown, we feel that the timing was not right,"the Lok Sabha MP from Dum Dum said.

According to TMC sources, the party is walking a tightrope on this "sensitive issue", and any comment might be blown out of context by the BJP and the opposition parties. On Wednesday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had appealed for unity and brotherhood among communities.

Her appeal came as Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed the rituals for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.

Saffron activists had on Wednesday fought pitched battles with the police over celebrations marking the temple's groundbreaking ceremony in the midst of the total lockdown across the state.

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