Rajasthan: Congress Student Wing Terms Ram Mandir Nidhi Samarpan Drive By BJP-RSS As 'Loot', To Start Its Own Drive Congress party flags. (NARINDER NANU/AFP/Getty Images)

The National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), the student wing of the Congress party, in Rajasthan flagged off a 15-day campaign to collect donations for the Ram Mandir at Ayodhya on Tuesday (02 February) reports The Indian Express.

The campaign titled as ‘Re 1 Ram Ke Naam’, NSUI will collect a token amount of rupee one from students across school, college and university campuses throughout the state as part of it.

NSUI office bearers said that they are organizing this campaign to send a message that god does not need money. They said that Lord Ram is for everyone and belief in him is equal in all religions.

“People from organizations affiliated to the BJP and RSS are putting pressure on the public to collect money in the name of Lord Ram. Because of them, there is loot raging in this country. We have organized this campaign to send this message that god doesn’t need money but needs devotion. If you donate one rupee out of devotion, that is as important as if someone donates Rs one crore,” NSUI Rajasthan president told The Indian Express.

The Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, the body responsible for building Ram Temple, is conducting a fundraising campaign from 14 January to 27 February.

The trust plans to involve 55 crore family members of 12 crore Hindu families from more than five lakh villages in this initiative.

The construction of the grand temple of Lord Ram at the ancient city of Ayodhya is estimated to cost around Rs 1,100 crore, of which around Rs 300-400 crore will be the cost of building the main temple structure.

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