New Delhi: Firebrand Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday warned his party,  saying not building a Ram temple in Ayodhya would amount to ‘betrayal of the public’. ” We have to begin the construction of the Ram Temple before the model code of conduct comes into operation. Not building a Ram Temple will be a betrayal of the public,” said Swamy, while speaking to ANI.

He added,“There is nothing to stop us from building a Ram Temple because there is no bar of the Supreme Court. It is only considering the title suit now. Since they are only considering the title suit, there is no bar on the government going ahead because the government under the concept of eminent domain under Article 300A is always the final owner of the land of the country. They can take over any land provided they give compensation”.

Swamy said that the government can build the temple now and when the Supreme Court decides the title dispute and gives it to one of the title holders, compensation can be paid. “We can pay compensation to them saying sorry we need it for a public purpose,” he asserted.

Notably, Swamy statement comes days after the Supreme Court fixed  January 29 as the date when the five-judge constitution bench will assemble to fix the schedule of hearing in the contentious Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.