New Delhi: The Janata Dal United (JD-U) on Monday clarified that the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya is not on their agenda. “Construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya is not on our party’s agenda,” party spokesperson Sanjay Singh said, while speaking to reporters.

The party also made it categorically clear that it would accept the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya title suit that would commence hearing in January 2019. (Also read: ‘Ask SC to Enact Law For Ram Temple’)

The JD-U leader Sanjay Singh, a close aide of party chief and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar also said that the BJP ally was not backing or supporting any one on the disputed issue. “The construction of the temple at a particular place in Ayodhya is a disputed case. The JD-U will accept the verdict of the top court in the case,” he added.

In the past also JD-U had made it clear that the party was not with the Bharatiya Janata Party as far as the Ram Janmabhoomi issue was concerned.

Notably, the JD(U)’s reaction comes after a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi directed the hearing for the next year on a batch of petitions challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict trifurcating the disputed site in Ayodhya into three parts — for Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara and the original Muslim litigant.

Reacting over the verdict, Uttar Pradesh Deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said that the adjournment of hearing doesn’t send a good message. “I don’t want to comment since it’s the decision of Supreme Court. However, the adjournment of hearing doesn’t send a good message,” Maurya asserted.