Mumbai: On the final day of its meeting, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) reiterated its demand for the Ram Temple and even said the Supreme Court should base its verdict on the public sentiment. “Ram sab ke hriday mein rehte hain par wo prakat hote hain mandiron ke dwara. Hum chahte hain ki mandir bane. Kaam mein kuch baadhaein awashya hain aur hum apeksha kar rahe hain ki nyalalya Hindu bhavnaon ko samajh ke nirnay dega (Ram lives in our hearts but is accessible to people through temples. We want the temple to be built. Though there are hindrances in the path, we hope the Supreme Court would consider Hindu sentiments before reaching verdict),” said RSS general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi. Also Read - BCCI Jt Secy's Remark on IPL's Chinese Sponsor Upsets RSS Bodies
On being asked if the RSS would consider a 1992-like agitation, he said, “Avashyakta padi to karenge (We will do so if the need arose).” He said those seeking an ordinance in favour of the Ram temple would do so but it was upon the Centre to decide whether it wanted to bring such an ordinance. Also Read - Ayodhya: Rudrabhishek Marking the Beginning of Construction of Ram Temple Held Today
Earlier in the day, BJP President Amit Shah met RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and other senior leaders on the sidelines of the executive meet. The RSS has also urged the Centre to fulfil the “promise” made in 1994 by the then Congress government in the Supreme Court, saying it had agreed at that time to side with the Hindu community if an evidence was found of a pre-existing temple, before it was razed to build the Babri Masjid.
Talking to reporters, RSS sah sarkaryavah (joint general secretary) Manmohan Vaidya said the issue of building a Ram temple at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh was not just limited to the Hindu and Muslim communities. Vaidya was addressing the media after Bhagwat inaugurated the Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal Baithak of the organisation at Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini in Bhayander.
“The Ram temple is a matter of self-respect and pride. Like Sardar Patel had rebuilt the Somnath temple…the government should acquire the land for the construction of the Ram Temple and hand it over for its construction. The government should enact a law for this,” Vaidya said, replying to a question.