New Delhi: Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Friday hit out at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the Ram Temple and asked the ruling party to bring an ordinance. Addressing the reporters in Ayodhya, Raut said, “If we had demolished Babri in 17 minutes then how long does it take to make a law. From Rashtrapati Bhavan to UP, there is BJP government only. There are many MPs in the Rajya Sabha who will stand with Ram Temple issue. And the one who will protest against, it will be difficult for them to roam in the country.” Also Read - International Yoga Day 2021: Yoga a Ray of Hope Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Says PM Modi
Raut’s controversial remark came just a day ahead of Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray’s two-day visit to Ayodhya. Thackeray’s will visit Ayodhya on Saturday-Sunday and take a ‘darshan’ of ‘Ram Lalla‘. Also Read - 'Reconcile With BJP Before It's Too Late': Shiv Sena MLA Under ED Scanner Writes to Uddhav Thackeray
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Earlier on November 8, the Shiv Sena hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Ram Temple construction and questioned as to why he has not yet visited Ayodhya.
Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray had said that the bricks collected for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya were the steps to bring BJP to power. He said, “The bricks that were collected for Ram mandir were in reality not for the temple, but were the steps to take you (BJP) to power. Say once that (the construction of) Ram temple was a jumla and you will be reduced to two seats from 280 (in the Lok Sabha).”
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on November 7 confirmed that the state government will build a grand statue of Lord Ram in Ayodhya. Addressing a press conference in Ayodhya, Adityanath said that he has asked the architects to prepare a design and the discussion to construct a Ram temple is in the last stage. “Mandir hai, mandir tha, aur mandir rahega (There was, is and will be a Ram mandir)” he said.
Many political groups have voiced for an ordinance on the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya after Supreme Court adjourned the Ayodhya title suit case hearing till 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.