Once anti-Hindutva, Congress promised to build ‘100 Ram Mandir’ in Telangana with 1,000 crores if voted to power. It comes after CM KCR took to building grand Hanuman Mandir.
The political climate in Telangana is heating up as the state’s assembly elections approach later this year. One of the major players in the fray, Congress, has recently announced its plan to construct 100 Rama Mandir in different assembly constituencies with a budget of Rs 1,000 crore, should they win the elections.
The announcement was made by the party’s leader Revanth Reddy, who is currently touring the state as part of Congress’ “Haath se Haath Jodo Yatra”. According to Reddy, the construction of these temples will inspire the youth of the state to follow the path of righteousness shown by God Sri Ram.
However, this move has not been received well by the state BJP, which has accused Revanth of playing with the sentiments of Hindus for electoral gain. The ruling Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has also been criticized by Revanth for failing to develop the Bhadrachalam Sri Rama Mandir, despite promising a budget of Rs 100 crore for the same.
Revanth’s endorsement of Lord Ram and the Congress party’s proposal for the construction of 100 Ram Mandir have brought the issue of religion and politics to the forefront in Telangana. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has taken up the redevelopment of the Kondagattu Hanuman temple, which has also been viewed by some as a move to appease the Hindu population ahead of the elections.
The upcoming assembly elections in Telangana are crucial for all parties involved, and it remains to be seen how the electorate will respond to these promises and initiatives. Regardless of the outcome, the state’s rich history and culture, including its association with Lord Ram, will continue to play an important role in its political discourse.