Members of the Muslim Karsevak Manch (MKM) arrived in Ayodhya today along with a truck full of bricks as part of their campaign to build the Ram Temple. According to ANI, the members of the MKM have been supporting the demand of Hindus to build the Ram Temple, an issue which has been at the core of Indian politics for more than two decades.

This comes after another organisation – Muslim Karsewak Sangh (MKS) had put up billboards supporting the cause of building the Ram Mandir in place of the Babri Masjid. On April 11, a Hindustan Times report stated that MKS had put up huge billboards in Uttar Pradesh’s Faizabad and Lucknow, showing their support to the cause of constructing a Ram Temple.

The Muslim organisation had also welcomed the Supreme Court ruling which asked the matter to be resolved out of the court and have come up with a slogan which states that ‘the Muslims of the nation demands the construction of Ram mandir at the site’.

“We have put up a dozen big and around 200 small hoardings in Lucknow and Faizabad to galvanise opinion for construction of Ram Mandir without waiting for a court verdict,” the organisation had said. Apart from Muslim Karsewak Manch, Muslim Karsewak Sangh, Muslim Mahila Foundation in Varanasi are also in favour of a Ram Temple.

At a time when communal incidents have increased in recent years, many claim that these Muslim organisations want to get close to the BJP and reap benefits.

For years, Hindus and Muslims have fought over the ownership of the small parcel of land in Ayodhya. Hindus believe that Mughal King, Babar, built a mosque there after destroying a temple. In 1992, Hindu zealots tore down the Babri mosque, sparking nationwide riots in which about 3,000 people were killed.