New Delhi: Hours after Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief demanded the Narendra Modi government to bring a law to enable construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, BJP’s ally in Bihar – the JD(U) – on Thursday said that it would be wiser to wait for the Supreme Court’s verdict on the matter, according to a NDTV report. Also Read - Flight Services From Ayodhya International Airport Expected to Start Early Next Year
While Bhagwat’s pitch for Ram temple on the disputed land was backed by several saffron party leaders, JD(U) general secretary K C Tyagi said his party is of the firm belief that the contentious issue should be resolved either by legal course or through talks between the two communities. Also Read - Fund Raising Drive For Ram Temple Construction Ends, Over Rs 2100 Crore Collected
“As the matter remains pending in the Supreme Court, we believe we should wait for the verdict instead of needlessly raking it up. And once the judgment is passed, all the parties concerned should respect it,” Tyagi was quoted by NDTV as saying. Also Read - BJP Calls for 12-Hour Shutdown in Kerala's Alappuzha Today After RSS Worker Killed in Clash with SDPI
In his customary Dussehra address to the Sangh cadres at the RSS headquarters in Nagpur, Bhagwat said the construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya necessary for “self-esteem” and to usher in an “atmosphere of goodwill and oneness”.
“The ‘janmabhoomi’ (birth place) is yet to be allocated for the construction of the temple although all kinds of evidence have affirmed that there was a temple at that place (in Ayodhya),” Bhagwat said.
He said “politics is delaying the construction of Ram Mandir” and that it is in “nobody’s interest to test the patience of the society without any reason.”
The Ayodhya case is currently before the Supreme Court and the next hearing is scheduled for October 29.
“There is an obvious game plan of a few elements to stall the judgement (of the Supreme Court) by presenting various newer interventions in the judicial process,” Bhagwat said.
“This matter of national interest is being obstructed by some fundamentalist elements and forces that play communal politics for selfish gains,” he said.
“Despite such machinations, the decision on ownership of the land should be expedited and the government should clear the path for the construction of the grand temple through an appropriate and requisite law,” the RSS chief said.
His push for a law to enable construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya was backed by several BJP leaders. Opposition and Muslim leaders, however, linked Bhagwat’s call for legislation to allow a Ram temple where the Babri Masjid stood to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, saying his demand is “politically motivated”.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said Bhagwat’s remarks indicated that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Bharatiya Janata Party believed in totalitarianism and not in the rule of law.