New Delhi: Amid ongoing row over the construction of Ram Temple, former Uttar Pradesh former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) does not believe in either Supreme Court or constitution. In the recent past, Ram Temple issue has been raked up by many political parties who have been demanding from ruling saffron party to bring an ordinance in the issue.
Talking to reporters, Yadav said, “BJP can go to any extent. The kind of environment there is in UP, especially in Ayodhya, the Supreme Court should take notice of it and bring an army if necessary.”
Earlier in the day, Shiv Sena’s Rajya Sabha lawmaker Sanjay Raut created a flutter here by saying when Babri Masjid could be demolished in 17 minutes, why it was taking so long for a law to build a temple there. “We demolished the Babri Masjid in 17 minutes but for paperwork why it is taking so much time…for drafting a law or ordinance,” he told reporters in comments seen as provoking BJP with which its oldest saffron ally is not on good terms in the last few months. (ALSO READ: Ram Temple Construction is my Dream, Says Uma Bharti; Promises Full Support)
The Shiv Sena leader, camping in the temple town for the last couple of days along with other party leaders and hundreds of Sena supporters who arrived Ayodhya in two special trains, said, “From Rashtrapati Bhavan to Uttar Pradesh, there is BJP government. In Rajya Sabha, there are a lot of members who support Ram temple.”
Raut demanded that the government enact a law for “quick construction of a grand Ram temple” in Ayodhya.
Raut’s controversial remark came just a day ahead of Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray’s scheduled visit to Ayodhya. Thackeray’s will visit Ayodhya on Saturday-Sunday and take a ‘darshan’ of ‘Ram Lalla‘.
Several trains, buses, tractor trolleys, taxis have been booked by the organizers to ferry people from across the state to be part of the congregation, which the VHP has announced would be “the last before the war bugle is sounded.” Police sources said there would be over two lakh people converging on Ayodhya on what is now being called the ‘Super Sunday’.
The Ayodhya case is before the Supreme Court and is scheduled for hearing in January next year. The Babri Masjid, built by Mughal emperor Babur in Ayodhya in 1528, was, on December 6, 1992, razed to the ground allegedly by Hindu activists, claiming that the mosque was constructed after demolishing a Ram temple that originally stood there.
Earlier, a three-judge bench, by a 2:1 majority, refused to refer to a five-judge constitution bench the issue of reconsideration of the observations in its 1994 judgment that a mosque was not integral to Islam. The matter had arisen during the hearing of the Ayodhya land dispute.
An apex court bench headed by then Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the civil suit has to be decided on the basis of evidence, adding that the previous verdict has no relevance to this issue.