New Delhi: Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and Ram Janambhoomi Nyas president Ram Vilas Vedanti on Saturday claimed that the construction of Ram temple will begin in December. Talking to reporters, he said, “Without an ordinance and on the basis of mutual agreement, Ram temple will be constructed in Ayodhya and a masjid will be constructed in Lucknow.”Also Read - Uttarakhand Assembly Election 2022: Check BJP's Full List of Candidates

However, this is not the first time he has made such a claim. Earlier, he had said that the construction of Ram temple will begin before the 2019 general elections. Also Read - Which Way Is The Political Wind Blowing In The Land of Five Rivers? Catch Zee Opinion Poll LIVE From Punjab Shortly

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Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya also said, “Ram temple matter is sub-judice before SC, we can’t do anything about it, but no one is stopping us from erecting a grand statue of ‘Ram Lalla’ in Ayodhya. If someone stops us we’ll see…No one can stop us from developing Ayodhya.”

Joining the chorus for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, Union Minister Vijay Goel said on Friday it should be done at the earliest even if legislation is required.

Recently, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had said that like Sabarimala Verdict, the Supreme Court should take a decision on Ram temple too.

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court had fixed the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case for the first week of January 2019 before an appropriate bench, which would decide the schedule of hearing.

Following which, the Visva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) have demanded an ordinance to acquire land for the temple in Ayodhya.

Earlier on Friday, the RSS, the ideological mentor of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said Hindus were “insulted” by the apex court’s observation that Ram temple is not a priority. The RSS has been pressing for Ram Temple in Ayodhya and has found support in Shiv Sena as well while the Congress has been questioning the motive behind the timing of the demand.

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.

As many as 14 appeals have been filed against the high court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77 acres of land be partitioned equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

(With agency inputs)