Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said that Lord Ram belongs to Samajwadi Party and he would soon visit Ayodhya with his family members.

The Samajwadi Party chief laid his party's claim over Lord Ram while taking a brief break here in Ayodhya on his way back to Lucknow from Azamgarh. "Lord Rama belongs to the Samajwadi Party. We are Ram Bhakts and Krishna Bhakts," Yadav told reporters during his brief interaction with them.

Listing a number of development projects he carried out during his tenure as UP CM, Yadav said that he had 'also arranged lights on the banks of river Saryu and sound system at the 'Bhajan Sthal' for the worship of Lord Rama'.

Among the various works done by him as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Yadav listed the plantation of 'Parijaat trees' along the Prikrama Marg, a ring road around Ayodhya on which devotees take rounds after Diwali festival, assuming their act akin to taking the round of Ram Janmabhoomi temple site itself.

This comes at a time when UP CM Yogi Adityanath and the BJP states that they have fulfilled the decades-long promise paving the path for construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

On his future electoral plans, Yadav said his party will no longer go in for pre-poll alliances with bigger parties as he did not have a good experience of such tie-ups. "I will have pre-poll alliances only with smaller parties," he said while exuding confidence that his party would win at least 351 out of 403 seats in the next Uttar Pradesh assembly elections in 2022 and form the government in the state.

Reiterating his already stated stand over the farm laws, Yadav said that they are 'death warrants' for the farmers and emphasised that the government must give statutory guarantee to farmers to continue with the system of minimum support price for them and to double their income. He added that the form in which the laws have been drafted will help corporate houses only.