The latest such utterance came today from Raja Singh, a BJP legislator from Hyderabad. He went so far as to suggest the beheading of those opposed to building a Ram temple on the disputed Ayodhya site where Hindu nationalists destroyed the Babri Masjid in 1992, ANI reported.
“To those who warn of dire consequences if Ram Mandir built. We were waiting for you to say this so we can behead you,” said Singh.
The MLA has made similar comments before. In December 2015, he threatened a lynching similar to that of Mohammad Akhlaq‘s in Dadri near Noida in September 2015. He said he and his like-minded colleagues were ready to kill to protect cows. Akhlaq was killed by a ghoulish mob that suspected he had stored beef in his house. He hadn’t+ .
“We warn them against a Dadri-like incident in Telangana. We can both give our lives and take life for the sake of protecting the cow”, he said back then.
Just yesterday, Singh’s party colleague Uma Bharti also strongly expressed her support for the construction of a Ram temple. The Union water resources minister said that a temple in Ayodhya was a matter of belief for her and she was ready to go to jail for it+ .
“Ram temple is a matter of belief for me and I have immense pride in it… if I have to go to jail for it I will go, if I have to hang myself for it I will do it,” said Bharti after a meeting with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Adityanath, another self-professed lover and protector of cows, who’s also in favour of a Ram temple being built on the disputed Ayodhya site.
He also said ‘Ram Bhakts’ (Ram devotees) will play a key role in the construction of a Ram Temple at Ayodhya. “Ram Bhakts did whatever happened in Ayodhya and in future whatever will be done, it will be done by them,” he said.
“Whatever happened in Ayodhya” was a clear reference to the destruction of the 16th century mausoleum of Mughal emperor Babar.