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Ram temple trust will have 15 members, including representatives from several Hindu maths across the nation, Nirmohi Akhara, Ayodhya locals, a Dalit, and state and central governments.

A model of the proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya. (File photo)

Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra trust, announced by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, will have representatives from several Hindu maths across the nation, Nirmohi Akhara, Ayodhya locals – including a Dalit, and state and central governments.

The 15-member trust will be led by a man who is referred to as God’s advocate – K Parasaran. Kesava Iyengar Parasaran is the man who fought the Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute in Supreme Court. He was the lead counsel for the Hindu parties in the temple-mosque land dispute in Ayodhya and he successfully argued for possession of the entire disputed land in the Supreme Court in favour of the deity “Ram Lalla Virajman”.

The 92-year-old senior lawyer has also allowed his house in Delhi’s Greater Kailash to be used as the trust’s office.

The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra trust will have nine permanent members and six nominated members.

Religious Gurus:

  • Jagatguru Shankaracharya Jyothish Peethadheswar Swami Vasudevanand, Prayagraj
  • Jagatguru Madhavarcharya Swami Vishwa Prasannatheerth, Udupi
  • Yugpurush Parmanand, Haridwar
  • Swami Govinddev Giri, Pune

Civilians:

  • Vimlendu Mohan Pratap Mishra – a descendant of Ayodhya royal family
  • Dr Anil Mishra, homeopathic doctor, Ayodhya
  • Kameshwar Chaupal (SC), Patna – the Dalit man who laid the foundation stone of Ram Temple in 1989 during ‘sheelanyas’ organised by Vishwa Hindu Parishad.
  • Mahant Dhirendra Das, Nirmohi Akhara, Ayodhya – the Supreme Court verdict in Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute had directed the government to give Nirmohi Akhara a seat at the trust table.

Nominated members:

  • The temple trust will select two prominent persons by majority resolution to be part of the trust
  • One representative to be nominated by the central government, which will be a serving member Indian Administrative Services, at least of joint secretary level
  • One representative to be nominated by state government and would be a serving member of Indian Administrative Service under the state government
  • District Magistrate, Ayodhya will be the ex-officio trustee. If serving DM is not a Hindu than additional magistrate will sit on the board
  • The chairman for the administration development of Ram Temple complex will also be selected by the trust board and will be an ex-officio.

All nominated members will have to be practicing Hindus.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced that the Union Cabinet has given a nod to setting up Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teertha Kshetra.

While making the announcement for the trust in Lok Sabha, the Prime Minister said the Union Cabinet also decided to transfer 67.703-acre land to the trust.

The Uttar Pradesh government has agreed to give five acres of land to the UP Sunni Wakf Board as directed by the Supreme Court in the Ayodhya matter, PM Modi said.

UP government spokesperson Shrikant Sharma said the land is in Dhannipur village in Ayodhya on the Lucknow highway, about 18 kilometres from the district headquarters.

In a tweet, Home Minister Amit Shah said the trust will be independent to take every decision related to the temple and 67 acres of land will be transferred to it.

While delivering the judgment on November 9, the Supreme Court had said the trust should be formed within three months for the construction of the temple at the site where many Hindus believe Lord Ram was born.

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