MP: A brick was not placed, but BJP and the Congress fight for the Sita Mata temple

BHOPAL: At a time when the nation is debating about Ram Mandir, BJP and they have put the horns on the construction of the 'temple of Sita Mata' in Sri Lanka, a promise of the ancient CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan who never went beyond the planning stage.

On Monday, the minister of religious trusts and donations, P C Sharma, alleged that the Chouhan government had done nothing about the proposed Sita Mata temple and that the congressional government would make it happen. He claimed that Chouhan had announced the temple project to win praise, but he did not keep his promises.

What BJP government and Shivraj Singh Chouhan could not, the Congress government will.We will fulfil all those commitments. We will survey the projects and complete them before claiming any success, Sharma said.

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Sharma said the government will undertake all the religious works promised in the Vachan Patra and complete the Ram Van Gaman Trail as well.

Chouhan opposed the decision of the Congress government to inspect and re-evaluate the Sita Mata temple site in Sri Lanka, and tweeted: CM Kamal Nath's officers will visit Sri Lanka to verify whether Sita Mata was kidnapped or not. Notar could be more ridiculous than this.

I have 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 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 to 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 Center. 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.