New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing in Ayodhya title suit and political parties were quick to react. The Congress, while cautious in airing its view on the same, also placed the blame on the BJP’s doorstep for raking up the Ram Temple issue. Addressing the media later in the day, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said, “This is a familiar story. Every five years before elections, the BJP will try to polarise views on Ram Mandir. The Congress party’s position is that the matter is before the Supreme Court. Everyone should wait until the SC decides the questions before it. I don’t think we should jump the gun.”
Chidambaram also reportedly said that the Prime Minister should make his stand clear on the question of bringing an ordinance to build the Ram Mandir. Earlier, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy had talked of bringing in an ordinance to build Ram Mandir to which Chidambaram was quoted by a leading portal as saying, “The ordinance is not passed by Parliament. It is done by the executive. If someone is asking for an ordinance (to build Ram Mandir) it is for the Prime Minister (as the chief of the executive) to respond to,” Chidambaram said, adding, “If at all he’ll respond to any issue.”
Chidambaram’s last bit of advice to not jump the gun was already overlooked by the BJP. Because soon after the adjournment, Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said, “I don’t want to comment since it’s the decision of Supreme Court. However, the adjournment of the hearing doesn’t send a good message.” Earlier, Union Minister Giriraj Singh had said, “Hindus are running out of patience on the Ram temple issue.” “The Congress has decided to make it a Hindu-Muslim issue. Shri Ram is the cornerstone of faith of the Hindus. Hindus are running out of patience. I fear what will happen if Hindus lose out of patience…,” he said.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said, “If it’s the Supreme Court’s decision then we’ll have to follow it.” Meanwhile, Bajrang Dal leader Vinay Katiyar questioned why wasn’t the apex court hearing the case on a daily basis.